European crop science has probably already been harmed by the controversies associated with GM crops as noted in the discussion of Political Lysenkoism
It's an American version of Lysenkoism
- a Soviet-era corruption of science by ideology.
Thatcher was also a very strong supporter of comprehensive schools ( 'let all our children grow to the same height and intelligence') - blatant Lysenkoism
and that alone should be enough to question her right-wing credentials.
a time when intellectuals, scientists, and artists, to say nothing of politicians and political dissidents, were the victims of systematic purges; when Lysenkoism
was the official doctrine of state, and when not only Darwinism but other manifestations of "bourgeois science," such as the theory of relativity, were proscribed .
The positivist-minded will see any tainting of the constitutive by the contextual as bad science; such episodes as Lysenkoism
in the Soviet Union or the Nazi's dismissal of the theory of relativity as "Jewish Physics" can make this look pretty reasonable.
As philosopher Paul Boghossian remarks in a thoughtful consideration of the Sokol hoax, that way leads to completely socially determined science and to such destructive madness as Lysenkoism
in the Soviet Union and "Aryan science" in Germany.
Though the ban was brief and Lysenkoism
, as a leading biological doctrine, was eventually deposed in favour of Mendelism, Lysenkoism
remains a paradigmatic example of pernicious political interference in science.