The real meaning of ‘Pro-Life’

If you download this Powerpoint presentation, which was produced by Dr Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship in conjunction with what was then (2007) the ‘Alive and Kicking’ anti-abortion campaign, you find a slide – number 47 – with the following title: What about abortion to save […]

Dear America, Remember to Vote Human on November 6th

Today’s the big day when 140 million Americans, or thereabout, get to choose their next President while the rest of world looks on with bated breath and thinks ‘ FFS, please make it Obama’. The result, so the press and pundits are telling us, will be close. So […]

‘ATOS Kills’ revisited

I’ve had a couple of comments  on yesterday’s article about the slogan ‘ATOS kills‘ which rather serve to illustrate the problems you invariable run into when you try to inject  a bit of evidence and reason into a narrative based largely, if not entirely, on anecdotes and emotive […]

ATOS Kills… or does it?

I suspect I’m going to make myself rather unpopular in some quarters with this, but I’m afraid that may commitment to good science trumps any political opinions I might have every time, so in for a penny, in for a pound. Political Scrapbook is running yet another ‘man/woman […]

Et Tu Soubry

You can always rely on ConHome to offer Nadine Dorries a platform from which to exercise her butthurt. Nadine Dorries MP: Anna Soubry MP has failed vulnerable women by dropping consultation on independent abortion counselling Despite being called every name under the sun and having my motives questioned […]

10 questions and an idiot

Over at the Journal of Medical Ethics blog, Iain Brassington has picked up on what he describes as ‘slightly peculiar’ post by Peter Saunders in which he poses ten questions that the media doesn’t – allegedly – ask about abortion. Iain’s posted his own answers here, and just […]

Dorries: The Abortion Debate Fisk

I’ll keep the preamble to a minimum – what follows is a foll-on fisk of Nadine Dorries’ speech in the Westminster Hall debate on induced abortion, so let’s get on with the show. David Crausby is in the Chair, I’ve skipped the ritual sucking up to the Chair […]

Much ado about very little at the Sunday Telegraph

According to the Sunday Telegraph, the Information Commissioner has issued a new ruling in relation to the publication of information relating to MPs’ expenses claims: The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), which oversees expenses payments, has been told it must disclose the receipts handed in by MPs to […]

Has web blocking cut Pirate Bay traffic by 75%

The Music Industry’s propaganda war against BitTorrent continues apace with the news that that the BPI is heading back to the courts to seek orders for ISP-level blocks against three more torrent search websites: The UK’s major internet service providers have been asked to block three more file-sharing […]

MPs’ expenses scam inspired by 80’s sitcom?

You’ll have to forgive me for veering into Political Scrapbook territory but no soon as I heard that a number of MPs have been bypassing the new rules, which prevent them claiming mortgage payments on expenses, by renting their second homes to each other, I had the uncanny […]