Abortionomics

Hi-ho, Hi-ho, its back to the subject of abortion we go courtesy of the Daily Telegraph, whose fact-checking department is evidently still on an extended holiday: Abortion costs £30m higher than previously thought No, not really… Taxpayers spend £30million a year more on abortion than previously thought, the […]

Dorries, Humanism and Infanticide (2)

So, less than a hour after I posted my own response to Nadine Dorries’ first attempt to smear humanists as advocates of infanticide, Dorries is back with a second shot at the same desperate smear, which comes complete with a sideswipe at David Allen Green: We have had […]

Dorries, Humanism and Infanticide

Nadine Dorries’ response to her nomination for this year’s New Humanist Bad Faith Award is – well – classic Dorries: The Humanist magazine are running an online ‘bad faith’ poll and I am apparently in the lead. I am not sure why anyone would admit to being a […]

Salt and Light and Scriptural Homophobia?

If there’s one piece of law that, more than any other, is guaranteed to generate media coverage that makes you want to headdesk then it has to be section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, which reads as follows: 5 Harassment, alarm or distress. (1)A person is […]

Garbage In, Bullshit Out

Several papers have been quick off the mark to run claims that abortion increases the risk of mental health problems based on a new study by Priscilla Coleman, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University, which has been published this week by the […]

Have BPAS and MSI been inflating their figures?

Simon Caldwell’s article in yesterday’s Telegraph, which tries to suggest that BPAS and Marie Stopes International may have made inflated claims about the number of women who book consultations with them but then decide against having an abortion is, to say the least, another veritable cornucopia of tendentious […]

John Hemming and Vicky Haigh

In April this year I took a bit of risk and published a limited amount of information about an ongoing legal matter, a rather unpleasant child custody case, despite being aware that some of the information I posted was likely to have been covered by reporting restrictions and […]

Breivik and Fascism – A Lesson from George Orwell

If the public debate that as ensued in the wake of last weeks’ horrific act of terrorism in Norway has proved anything at all it is – yet again – that George Orwell was right on the money when he wrote the following passage of his classic essay […]

Portrait of the Daily Mail as a political philosopher

I want to share something with you that you may not have seen before. The text that follows was written, originally, back in the 1950s by the late Sir Isaiah Berlin and, with a number of revisions along the way, was finally published in 2006 in a posthumous […]

Right To Know? More like ‘Right to Bullshit’.

We’ve had to wait a little longer than expected for the publication of the Right To Know campaign’s ‘report’ on a so-called marketing of abortion services by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, largely, I suspect, due to nation’s ongoing obsession with the fall of the House of Murdoch, […]