Paedogeddon, the NSPCC and Full Fact

I have nothing but admiration for the good folks at Full Fact and the time and effort they put into monitoring the accuracy of factual claims as they appear in the media, but even they sometimes miss a trick or two and their analysis of the media coverage […]

What happens when god doesn’t run errands…

It would be extremely easy to poke fun at the utterly idiotic and opportunistic letter that three Christian MPs, Gary Streeter, Gavin Shuker and Tim Farron, have sent to the Advertising Standards Authority in an effort to persuade/pressure them to overturn a recent ruling on the contents of […]

Lansley – Full of Shit As Usual

I’ll hold back on making a detailed commentary on the latest development in the Tory Party’s ongoing war an abortion rights, but I cannot let this empty-headed comment from Andrew Lansley pass without comment. “The rules in the Abortion Act are there for a reason – to ensure […]

When ‘Rape Humour’ can be justified

For a while, I’ve been pondering over writing a post on the subject of rape humour and when it can and cannot be justified. I got as far as digging out a rather good paper on humour during the Holocaust, which goes some way to illustrating some of […]

The Dorries Delusion

The Telegraph’s sting operation on a small number of abortion clinics has, of course, provoked the usual frenzy of overblown commentary from Nadine Dorries and her anti-abortion buddies, including an article at ConHome by the Delusional Member for Mid-Narnia which nicely illustrates the rather casual nature of her […]

So who wrote the ‘deniergate’ memo?

So, at least one of the mysteries surrounding the documents leaked from the Heartland Institute has been solved after Peter Gleick, a climate scientist and co-founder of the Pacific Institute of Oakland, California issued a statement via the Huffington Post explaining the circumstances in which he obtained the […]

On sex-selective abortion

Yesterday’s Telegraph was, as most people will already have seen, awash with stories relating to a sting operation by the newspaper in which a couple of doctors were apparently caught turning a blind-eye to requests for sex-selective abortions. Before we go any further, we should get the facts […]

Heartland Institute to promote ‘Burzynskicare’ Project

Coverage and analysis of leaked Heartland Institute documents published by DeSmogBlog has, for perfectly understandable reasons, focussed squarely on what their contents appear to tell about the organisation’s active involvement in the promotion of climate change denialism, netting the story the inevitable #deniergate hashtag on Twitter. I say […]

Meet the Panelists – BBC Question Time 2009-2012

Apropos of my last article on tokenism and gender balance in the composition of BBC Question Time panels, I’ve now pulled together a complete list of the people who have made at least one appearance on a Question Time panel since January 2009 and am looking for a […]

In Defence of BBC Question Time

Via Cath Elliott I find that BBC Question Time has been criticised by a BBC ‘diversity report’ for allegedly featuring ‘token women’ on its panels: BBC1’s Question Time and Mock the Week have been criticised in a report about television diversity for featuring “token women” on their panels. […]