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ref date:2 Feb 1998 (EDU)
Labour looks for intelligent life

"British" government officials didn't quash the setting up of an arm of the SETI project at Jodrell Bank radio telescopes in N. England.

Richard Davis, a senior lecturer in physics and astronomy at Manchester University said: "People often wonder why Seti hasn't been successful, but a serious search has not been made to date. This is the first time we've had a system that's really up to the job. If there are any transmissions out there, we'll find them."

As the Monty Python sketch once remarked " There's bugger all (intelligence) down here on earth"