Savile, the BBC and vicarious liability

There appears to be a suggestion doing the rounds that the BBC, together with Stoke Mandeville and the Leeds General Hospitals, could find themselves on the wrong end of compensation claims from women who have come forward over the last couple of weeks with allegations that they were […]

The Most Repellent Clergyman in Britain Awards

There are days when one has to wonder whether there might just be a secret competition under way for the title of the most viscerally unpleasant clergyman in Britain. If there is such a competition – and if there isn’t there should be – then it’s one for […]

Calling Dr. MILF

It seems that those who regard Channel 4 as a veritable sinkhole of political correctness and unbridled left-wing propaganda have rather less to fear than they might think if this advert, which is being circulated to medical professionals is anything to go by… (h/t Margaret McCartney) “Channel Four […]

Maria Miller, Abortion and ‘Common Sense’.

The current upper limit for legal elective abortions (24 weeks gestation) is back in the news, yet again, courtesy of an article by Channel 4’s Cathy Newman at the Papal Telegraph’s new ‘Wonder Woman’ blog section – and, no, having looked over the section there’s not of hint […]

DfE phonics testing: Questionable data, Questionable validity.

Last week’s release of the results of the DfE’s new phonics test for six and seven year olds was, when it hit the media, predictably a matter of choosing whether your glass was half full or half empty. The BBC, perhaps unsurprisingly, fell quickly into line with the […]

Andrew Brown and ‘Evil’ Science

The smell of burning straw men is, again, wafting over Andrew Brown’s latest contribution to Comment is Free: This isn’t bad science. It’s evil science How helpful is it to say that science is neutral in itself, and what makes it good or evil are political decisions? Scientists, […]

R. vs Catt – is eight years too harsh?

On Monday, as has been widely reported, a 35 year old woman from North Yorkshire, Sarah Louise Catt, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment after pleading guilty to a, thankfully, extremely rare offence under s58 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. 58. Administering drugs or using […]

Why I can’t support the Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill

Most people will be aware of the aphorism that ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’, fewer will be aware of the fact that there is quite a solid body of psychological research literature which suggests that there is considerable truth in that statement. In particular, […]

Abortion and Mortality Rates – How not to do science.

Over on the other side of the big pond, the Sacramento Bee is carrying the following report of a newly published ‘study’ which looks at the ‘relationship’ between female mortality and first pregnancy outcome. SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Sept. 5, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — A new study of the medical records […]

The Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis (again) – Understanding Risk.

Recently I published a series of five articles that looked in depth at the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) hypothesis and the complex relationship between women’s reproductive history and their short and long term risk of developing breast cancer. Based on the research evidence I covered in those articles, we […]