In an article titled “Next PM Theresa May often demands the scientifically impossible,” Physical Sciences Reporter Jacob Aron takes aim at the Prime Minister in waiting's parliamentary record.
“May has been Home Secretary for the past six years, where she has overseen two bills that demand the scientifically impossible,” Aron writes.
One of those laws is the Psychoactive Substances Act, which Aron says is sloppily worded and scientifically meaningless. The broad-based law is targeted at illegal drugs, but could be applied to almost substance which has any psychological effect.
It’s legislation New Scientist has previously criticised.
Aron also takes aim at proposed electronic surveillance laws, which have been accused of over-reach and misunderstanding how encryption works.
“The bill also appears to ask online service providers to reveal encrypted messages for which they do not have the key – a mathematical impossibility,” Aron writes.
The magazine also notes her known stance against euthanasia and public smoking bans, which they say have been scientifically proven to have a public health benefit.
The soon-to-be Prime Minister also has a poor voting record on climate change and other environmental policies, Aron says.