Calling out misleading information? It SHOULD happen…

Quackery abounds. And quacks abide. And their devotees stick their deluded noggins in the oblivious sand. A few days ago I came across a retained news clipping in my cuttings file among my disorganised paperwork, one which, as I eventually recalled, had irked me into firing off a response on the comment facility beneath the … Continue reading

‘Rt. Hon.’ David Tredinnick MP, ‘Minister for Quackery’

As I understand it, parliamentary privilege means an MP can say whatever he/she likes in The House, without fear of libel – excepting calling another MP a liar in The House. Because when MPs speak in the House, they are presumed to be speaking truthfully (to the best of their knowledge). A condition of this privilege is … Continue reading

Evan Davis - Charlie Hebdo

On ‘Je suis Charlie, mais… ‘

I wonder whether Newsnight anchor, Evan Davis, received a ticking off from his editor, Ian ’… it’s a mainstream Muslim position to think it’s offensive’ Katz, following his camera-visible holding of the cover image from the post-atrocity edition of Charlie Hebdo, thus contravening the BBC’s policy not to show images of a timorous Prophet. Katz’s concern for the ‘mainstream’ is … Continue reading

Paltrow & Farage

Detox? What a load of old goop!

I’ve occasionally heard people state an intention to abstain from alcohol for a month. I’ve done so myself more than once, though usually selecting February, for temporally obvious reasons. I mean, come on, January is too long! And if, because you feel compelled by tradition, you’ve given it a belting on New Year’s Eve, you’ll have … Continue reading

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Merry Mythicism

(or: Purloining the past) No, not a lisp; just recognition that the season prematurely presaged by crass commerciality, and in which to gluttonise and over-indulge, is of an ancientness that makes its Christian appropriation look like a mere bairn on religion’s evolutionary timescale. I do my darnedest to ignore it: trees in shopping malls in … Continue reading


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


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