Dorries’ Abstinence Speech – The Fact Check

Looking back over the speech given by Nadine Dorries when introducing her ridiculous 10 minute rule bill, there are several factual innaccuracies to be added to list I started the other day. Take, for example, Dorries’ claims about the opinions of Dame Joan Bakewell… I am sure that […]

Science education: Stop messing around!

I am unashamedly passionate about science. More than that, I’m unashamedly passionate about science education, so although I don’t generally tend to dabble in the field of devolved politics I was delighted to find that the Campaign for Science and Engineering in the UK(CaSE) has published an analysis […]

Colemanballs – a study in bad abortion science

Priscilla K Coleman, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, has, over the last few years, been the most prolific author of studies which purport to show a link between elective, induced abortion and subsequent mental health problems in women. Pubmed currently […]

Dorries’ amendments blown apart by RCPsych review

Let’s recap where we are here. Last week, Nadine Dorries put forward two amendments to the Government’s highly controversial Health and Social Care bill. If accepted by parliament these amendments would have the effect of preventing independent abortion service providers, such as BPAS and Marie Stopes International, from […]

Doing Dorries a Disservice

As might be expected, Tom Chivers’ post on Nadine Dorries’ ‘Right to Know’ campaign has drawn a response from Dorries, even if she is merely intemperately parroting the comments of Dr. Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship: Tom Chivers has done the Daily Telegraph a disservice which […]

In defence of David Fergusson

Tom Chivers is something of a rare beast; a Daily Telegraph journalist who is both scientifically literate and honest enough to offer a critical commentary on articles appearing in his own newspaper. As such, I was pleased to see Tom weighing in on the subject of Nadine Dorries’ […]

Women have a right to know

… the truth about Nadine Dorries’s latest anti-abortion campaign. Yes, I know I should be getting on with fixing up the Ministry but an issue has arisen that merits my attention, namely Nadine Dorries’ latest attack on women’s abortion rights: A cross-party alliance of MPs will launch a […]

Quackogeddon Begins

Everything is explained here and full guidance is covered here, now let’s get straight down to business… I should perhaps note that I do have a very particular and vehement loathing of people who exploit the otherwise perfectly natural fears and anxieties that parents have in regards to […]

Mad Mel, Abortion and the Liars for Jeebus Club

“Melanie Phillips” and “abortion”. Words that really shouldn’t appear in the same sentence unless that sentence also includes the words ‘time machine”. For the record, Mad Mel’s taken to fulminating against the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, with all her usual lack of charm and self-awareness, over […]

Pseudoscience and the Domodedovo Bombing

If anyone’s unsure as I why I put so much time and effort into chasing down the evidence from the DWP’s failed trial of Nemesysco’s pseudoscientific ‘voice risk analysis’ system then the simple juxtaposition of these two articles should explain things very nicely: Article 1 Domodedovo International Airport’s […]