• Musings of an oft-bemused former laboratory postdoc

Re-re-invention (… of Joey Barton)

The announcement that the National Secular Society has made Joey Barton a honorary associate doesn’t really grate on my ego, despite several years of paying membership subscriptions and penning the occasional article on secularism-related issues… among which, I’m reminded of the following, and so here afford it a not entirely inappropriate update and re-airing: …………………………………………………………. Re-invention … Continue reading

Calling out more misleading information

What is it about conspiracy of circumstance that may engender vulnerability to the perceived charisma of charlatans? That might increase susceptibility to assimilation of the bogus teachings of some self-proclaimed health guru? I don’t know (exactly). Though I do know that such querying is likely to be met with offence, and responded to with logical … Continue reading

With kind permission from: www.clangnuts.com

Uncivilised expressionism: The sinister strategy of the Muslim Action Forum

As a member of the National Secular Society, I receive its weekly e-mail ‘Newsline’. After being distracted by an article on a constitutional toady, I returned my attention to the item at the top of the News, Blogs & Opinion listing, titled ‘“Be Careful With Mohammed”: Muslim Action Forum launches “legal strategy” to stop publication … Continue reading

Being clear on Tredinnick

Here is the text of an article submitted to a newspaper, the locality of which encompasses the constituency of David Tredinnick MP: David Tredinnick, MP for Bosworth, frequently takes opportunity to remind whomever of his membership of the House of Commons Select Committees for Health, and for Science and Technology. His recent pronouncements further question … Continue reading

Source: The Telegraph

‘Minister for Quackery': Tredinnick’s continuing folly

Following David Tredinnick’s recent alternative turn in the House of Commons, attention has been given to acquiring the ‘clear evidence that homeopathy is effective in treating autism‘. A Freedom of Information request (by Alan Henness, who has also blogged on ‘The evidence for David Tredinnick MP‘) eventually turned up a copy of the documentation that Tredinnick … Continue reading

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


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