Promoting quackery in Parliament: debating Tredinnick

When Dennis Skinner made the news bulletins last Friday for his apposite swipe at the Tory-UKIP curs Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell, what wasn’t made so apparent was the context in which he delivered his barb – a Commons debate on the Second Reading of the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill. To which … Continue reading


Sally’s road

“Keep an open mind.” Ever heard that before? The  nugget of sagacity frequently proffered up by apologists/excusers/devotees of (practitioners of) activities which tend to provoke quizzical attitude in those not completely devoid of sceptical bones. I’ve been following with interest the recent adverse publicity surrounding (so-called) ‘Psychic’ Sally Morgan’s familial faux pas. Which led me to … Continue reading



Eventually (it being a Sunday) I got a train out of Alhama de Murcia back to Murcia, where I dithered for a few minutes before deciding not to stay again, and instead boarded another train and returned to Alicante, despite not really intending to stay there either. But shortly before the end of a hour-and-a-half’s … Continue reading

Sandra H-C

Comment on cult commenting

‘I love comments and encourage you to leave one, two or more.’ So declareth Sandra Hermann-Courtney on the Home page of her petty paranoid blog project, ‘fighting-for-homeopathy‘. What, do we have here a full-blown devotee of the cult of homeopathy receptive to question, challenge, criticism and correction of publicly-made statements? Nah, don’t be silly. She … Continue reading

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Misguided misguidance?

Back in the sceptic saddle… and, during my world catch-up last weekend, appalled by a story in The Sunday Times, headlined ‘Patients misled on alternative cancer care‘. Unless you’re a subscriber, the full piece is not available via that link, but you can get the gist from this report back in March. It has apparently taken … Continue reading


Tessa’s misadventure

When a family member becomes seriously ill and is admitted and re-admitted to hospital for tests and treatments and surgery, what doesn’t really qualify as support and comfort to the directly and indirectly affected is somehow almost managing to kill the dog! Meet Tessa, a gorgeous, (unusually) black, noisy, somewhat overweight, but nevertheless lightening fast (miniature/standard? … Continue reading

Questioning Tredinnick

Recently (10th June) in Parliament, during an Oral Answers to Questions — Health session, the bumbling humbugger, considering discussion of Accident and Emergency Units prime opportunity to interject some pseudoscience into Parliamentary proceedings, rose to his pes planus and asked the Health Secretary: ‘Does my right hon. Friend agree that a critical problem that A … Continue reading


Act to prevent Tredinnick becoming Chair of the House of Commons Select Committee for Health

I note with interest the news of the resignation of Stephen Dorrell as Chair of the Commons Select Committee for Health. I am concerned to read that one of the primary contenders for the post will be existing Committee member, David Tredinnick. . In my opinion, Mr Tredinnick’s continued advocacy of unevidential complementary and alternative approaches renders him unsuitable … Continue reading

Inspection and funding of creationism in schools

Dear [MP], Thank you for your letter of 4 April 2014, and for the provision of the response, dated 24 April 2014, of Elizabeth Truss, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare. Regarding Ofqual‘s letter addressing the redaction of examination questions, this is not completely reassuring. Where this has occurred, is follow-up investigation underway … Continue reading

From: The Guardian

Easter’s fools

‘… we obviously spend a lot of time celebrating Christmas and thinking about Christmas, but actually, really, Easter in many ways is the one that counts. Even those of us who sometimes struggle with some parts of the message – the idea of resurrection, of a living God, of someone who’s still with us – … Continue reading


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