Suicide, Hyundai Adverts and Ben Goldacre

Another week, another internet generated furore to pick over, this time in regards to a now with drawn viral advert by the Korean car company Hyundai, albeit one that puts me in the rather unusual position of having to criticise Ben Goldacre for pushing a bit of dodgy […]

What the CPS aren’t telling you about Rape Convictions

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, rape convictions have hit an all -time high: The Crown Prosecution Service has today published new figures that show the conviction rate for rape and domestic violence prosecutions increased once again last year. The statistics show that the conviction rate for rape […]

‘Typhoid Fiona’ and Sex-Selective Abortion

So, there I was looking through the public bills section of the Parliament website for the new Lords’ amendments to the defamation bill when what should I notice but a new bill, introduced less than a week ago, calling itself the Abortion Statistics Bill. Hmm… A quick search […]

Tory Chartjacking Attempt Backfires

Over the last day or so, you might have noticed that the Tories have tried to respond to the campaign to propel Judy Garland’s ‘Ding Dong the Witch is Dead’ to the top of the music charts with a bit of chartjacking of their own. The Tory contender […]

Female Writers and Doctor Who

Over at The Guardian, Mathilda Gregory points out that women are woefully under represented on the writing side of TV science fiction and fantasy shows: On Saturday, Doctor Who returns, kicking off the second part of the seventh series with a James-Bond inspired episode that sees the Doctor […]

Bloggers and the new press regulation system

Okay, so there still seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the amendments to the Crime and Courts Bill relating to publication torts and the extent to which these may, or may not, impact on bloggers. This is a situation that hasn’t been help either by the […]

Why are there discrepancies in the DoH abortion data?

Apropos of yesterday’s lengthy article on the anti-abortion lobby’s sham ‘inquiry’ on abortion and disability, we know have a transcript of a second oral evidence session to play with and of the witnesses called one name leapt immediately off the page, that of a Daily Mail journalist, Beezy […]

The Anti-Abortion Lobby’s Sham Parliamentary Inquiry

Britain’s small, thoroughly unrepresentative and unremittingly dishonest anti-abortion lobby has found a brand new toy to play with – the sham ‘Parliamentary inquiry’. We’ve seen one of these already, Claire Perry’s so-called ‘independent Parliamentary inquiry into online child protection’, which at least had the courtesy use the word […]

The Great Abortion Divide

It’s not at all clear who actually coined the aphorism that there are ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ but whoever it was was wrong. Statistics are nothing more than meaningless figures until someone sits down to analyse and interpret them and it’s there that the problems arise. In, […]

Drug Innovation and a Wiki-diddling Quack

Having done my fair share of politics in the last day or two I want to come back to a story which appeared on the BBC news website last week only for it to slip quietly under the radar without gaining much in the way of attention: Fears […]