"Words mean different things: Uncertainty to a politician often means, 'Come back and tell me when you know whether this is a problem or not.'"
Uncertainty to a scientist often means, 'Well, there's a signal, but there's an uncertainty in the amplitude of that signal; we don't know quite how big it is. It may be 4 or it may be 6.'"
"There are plenty of people in the political world who are quite happy to abuse the rigor that scientists bring to the ways in which they communicate to serve political purposes which are not necessarily those which the communicators were intending to serve. Politics is a shark infested sea, in that sense."
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