Here in Fabian England, we have a similar concept . The head of the government's 'Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs' has been sacked, because he's not prepared to twist the scientific evidence to serve his control-freak New Labour masters, who want to strike a tough pose on illegal drugs.
Maybe I'm stretching it a little to find parallels between these two things. Nevertheless, it indicates how weak this government knows that it is, that it must get rid of any dissenting voice, and it makes a joke of the role of an 'Advisory Council', if the only advice it can give is flattery and support.
In sacking Professor Nutt, the control-freak New Labour government draws attention to the fact that all those other experts that they don't sack are kept in place because they tell them, and us, through the media, what they - the control-freak New Labour government - want us to hear.