I think they have a good point. After all, there is only one lab in the world doing any research into curing diseases isn't there? Just one bloke in it too, and he's mucking about with an ill ess that only kills forrins and bummers? Ridiculous.
As somebody noted elsewhere, they were also ranting about the Hadron collider and the waste of scientists who ought to all be off curing cancer. Because you need particle physicists and electronic engineers by the dozen when working in biochemistry, don't you?
Actually, they might need some - but all of them?
I think they're are so fundamentally dense that they can only conceive of a single discipline, staffed by Tefal men in lab coats.
"The boffins are working on something or other, I'm told it'll be amazing if it's ever finished."
This and equivalent phrases is the majority voice of British middle management.
People who jettisoned any interest in how things are made or work as soon as school permitted are making critical decisions in many small and medium businesses.
This is why "no longer grate Brittin" can't have nice things.
Not forrins, not assertive gays, not trade unions, and not housing benefit recipients.
Pillocks who don't know how stuff works, but play at being in charge.