The DTI has ripped 68 million quid out of the ringfenced (hah!) science budget for the recompense of failed capitalists at Rover and BNFL. Us whitecoats have been worked over and no mistake. The villains claim that because the money is "only 1% of the science budget taken over the next three years" (significantly more than 3% for this year then, for those who can work out amortisation rates), it doesn't matter. Yeah right - I remember that defence working well in The Sweeney:
Don't lie to me Wicks you bastard- you're the draughtsman for this blag - it's got your dabs all over it!
Malcolm Wicks MP, Minster for Science, DTI (for it is he):
It's a fair cop Regan. I'll turn Queen's. To be fair though - we only took 1% of what would have been in that peter over the next three years.
Oh well in that case boss, we'll just let him go
Yeah, alright then, hop it. We're the Sweeny son, and we haven't had any dinner.
I fancy you meself in that moustache
[laughs, draws deeply on cigarette]
Gis a kiss!
[Cut to Credits]
Glossary for non afficionados of 70s cop show slang:
 Theft, particularly of payroll
 Queen's Evidence
 Actual dialogue from The Sweeney - Ser1 Ep1: "Ringer"
 Actual dialogue from The Sweeney - Ser1 Ep7: "The Placer"