Chief Medical Officer tells Tredinnick where he may as well stick homeopathy!

The transcript of oral evidence given during the fourth evidence session of the HoC Select Committee for Science and Technology’s inquiry into antimicrobial resistance is now available. Being of the concerned opinion that the membership of David Tredinnick is pejorative to the Committee, I was pleased to note that (it turned out) both witness panels … Continue reading

Tredinnick’s continuing abuse of his membership of the House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology

He just cannot help himself. During the fourth evidence session of the House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology’s inquiry into antimicrobial resistance last week, David Tredinnick, quoting a statistic from a source he had located in the HoC Library, deemed it relevant to ask (@ 09:55) the first witness panel: “Between 1994 … Continue reading

AMR

Is the House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology sufficiently rigorous?

To re-emphasise, the raison d’être of the House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology is: ‘… to ensure that Government policy and decision-making are based on good scientific and engineering advice and evidence.’ This week (Wednesday 26th February), the Committee holds the fourth evidence session of its ongoing inquiry into antimicrobial resistance. The … Continue reading

Cartoon news

So, I might try and convince (myself) that, during an odds-&-sods-ish week-or-two with much moving about, I decided to sit back, arms folded, and wait to see how reaction evolved. I occasionally watch The Big Questions (despite an instinctive aversion to its host) and had seen some of the program in er-hem question; and, wondering … Continue reading

More on the (un)acceptability of pseudoscience in Parliament

My letter stimulated by David Tredinnick’s inappropriate contributions to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry in to antimicrobial resistance was copied to the Chair of the Committee. I haven’t sought permission to reproduce his response, repeat reading of which increased its irksomeness, provoking the following (sent six days ago and as yet … Continue reading

Eddie Gray

“… a better player than George Best”

Happy birthday, genius!

Tredinnick’s confirmation bias

The transcript of the second evidence session of the Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology’s inquiry into Antimicrobial resistance is now available. I edit and compile here contributions to proceedings by David Tredinnick: ‘Much of the Government’s antimicrobial resistance strategy, perhaps naturally, focused on increasing supply—looking at new ways of finding antibiotics and looking … Continue reading

From: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2011/may/30/poem-week-cuckoo-song

The untenability of Tredinnick’s membership of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

According to its pages on the Parliament website, the role of the Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology is: ‘… to ensure that Government policy and decision-making are based on good scientific and engineering advice and evidence.’ That’s scientific advice; not, note, pseudoscientific. We’re also informed that the Committee ‘scrutinises the Government Office for … Continue reading

Comment on the commenting policy at ‘Junk Science’

Now that the silly season of collective mass delusion has passed, it is time to re-confront those perpetual other irrationalities which persist on account of the quackery-beguiled’s receptiveness to pretty much anything that serves to kid us we can feel better, no matter our blight or plight. There has of late been quite a lot … Continue reading

The ‘truth’ of another story?

The disingenuous anti-science of ardent quackery promoter Laura Bond is immediately apparent in the title of (another book-promoting) recent blog article, ‘Science helped me say no to chemo’. As a journalist she knows full well that ‘Health’ is one of journalism’s attention-grabbing pigeon-holes; readers are interested first and foremost in “What’s in it for me?” … Continue reading

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