Nonsense du Jour (Organic Edition)

As might well be expected, the published findings of a major Food Standards Agency commissioned systematic review of the alleged health benefits of organic produce have put a few noses out of joint, not least that of the Soil Association, after it concluded that: …there are no important […]

Beware the spinal trap

Hey, you know me – always up for a bit of Spartacus action. So as the call has gone out from Sense About Science, asking bloggers to reproduce the article for which Simon Singh is currently being sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association then, of course, […]

Pseudoscience – not a valid educational choice

Anyone who’s passionate about science, as I am, cannot help but be seriously concerned by the growing extent to which anti-scientific ideas, and the groups and organisations that promote them, are increasingly creeping into public life and attracting mainstream political support. While it’s easy to ridicule the purveyors […]

Fairies at the bottom of the schoolyard.

I’m generally not one for talking up the qualities of Tory Shadow Ministers, as you might easily guess, but I have to admit that for a while I’ve considered the Shadow Education Minister, Michael Gove, to be one of the more quietly impressive figures in what is otherwise […]