Blair's interview with the New Scientist confirms that we are ruled by a philistine. For him, science is merely a way of making money:
Many scientists get in to science because of what they can discover about the universe. Do you follow this side of science at all?
One of the reasons we have more than doubled the science budget, why we have introduced the research and development tax credit, and why we encourage so much the link between the academic and business world, is because Britain has been very good at invention and discovery and not so good at its commercial exploitation. For me, those two things go together.
Despite being given every opportunity to do so, Blair never says that science as an aesthetic experience, or that the progress of knowledge is a vital part of human growth, or that science, properly done, is an expression of rationality. For him, it's just money-grubbing.
But then, this is a man who declared himself to be "very happy" that creationism can be taught in school.