Death by Homoeopathy

It’s been too long, I know, but I promise that I’ll be picking things up and posting regularly from this point forward. So let’s get down to business by starting with story that’s particularly dear to my heart, that of Simon Singh’s valient efforts to defend the principle […]

Jelly Dildos Cause Autism

First things, first, apologies for the lack of posting of late, which is due to a number of ongoing real life issues that I can’t discuss for the time being, but which I may be able to clear up in due course. Now, having got that out of […]

Purnell’s Lie Detector – How it actually ‘works’

Okay, its time for the third and final instalment of my investigation into the scientific evidence behind the DWP’s trial of Nemesysco’s ‘Layered Voice Analysis’ technology… …and in this episode I intend to blow the lid on the system complete and explain exactly how this scientifically invalid piece […]

Purnell’s Lie Detector – Indecent Disclosures

In defiance of Denis Healey’s First Law of Holes, Nemesysco have stuck out a lengthy press release in an effort to defend their technology, one which, rather hilariously puts forward this specific criticism of the work of Professors Eriksson and Lacerda: The article’s claims that our technology does […]

Purnell’s Lie Detector – Following the Money

This is an expanded version of an article published at Liberal Conspiracy. The next stage of my detailed coverage of the scientific evidence behind the DWP’s current ‘lie detector’ trial will be along, as promised, in the next 24 hours but, in the meantime, I’ve received a reply […]

Purnell’s Lie Detector – What the Guardian didn’t say.

One thing that those of us who’ve been working on the DWP Trial investigation discovered, only this week, is the we’re not alone in asking hard questions about the DWP’s trial. So, if you’ve read this week’s technology supplement then you’ll have already noticed that the Guardian has […]

Purnell’s Lie Detector – The Scientific Evidence

Earlier this week, over at Liberal Conspiracy, I started to publish a comprehensive exposé of the DWP’s trial of a ‘voice risk analysis’ system on benefits claimants. To follow the story so far, you’ll need to read: Liberal Conspiracy briefing: Exposing the DWP’s lie detector testing, and LC […]

The Charlatan and the DWP

A couple of months ago, myself and Alex Harrowell did a big of digging into the background of the company whose ‘voice risk analysis’ technology is being introduced by the DWP as a means of screening benefits claimants for the possibility that they may be committing fraud. (see […]

Jeni Barnett – Pig Ignorant and Proud

It seems that abuse of copyright law are rather like buses – you get nothing for a and then two show up at once. I’ve commented on the Associated Press’s attempt to sue artist Shephard Fairey for basis his now famous ‘HOPE’ poster on a photograph for which […]

Regulating Snake Oil

It is a rare privilege to be able to do something like this, but today the Ministry of Truth has the distinct pleasure of bringing you one of the leading candidates for this year’s most unintentionally hilarious document – the new Complementary & Natural Health Council’s Code of […]