Archive for the ‘civil liberties’ Category

An Email To Nadine Dorries

September 3, 2011

I have been following the proposed amendment to the Health & Social Care Bill proposed by Nadine Dorries and Frank Field with interest and some concern – particularly the lack of evidence of any bias in counselling offered by the likes of Marie Stopes International and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. I am also concerned about some of the faith-based organisations lining up to take advantage of the amendment, should it pass. So I sent her an email:- (more…)

An Email From My MP

August 20, 2011

This is just a short post to say that I have received a response from Jim Dowd, my MP, regarding the email sent to David Cameron regarding his comments about the riots. (more…)

Calling The Prime Minister On His Riot Claims

August 15, 2011

I haven’t said much about the riots here, mainly because I thought I would just be commenting on other people’s comments and not really adding anything. However, David Cameron’s reported comments really got my goat so I emailed him the following: (more…)

Three Cheers For The RMT

October 5, 2010

As usual on a strike-day, the Evening Standard is full of selected quotes from commuters condemning the strike. Allow me to have a different take. (more…)

Internet 2, BCA 0

July 29, 2009

[BPSDB]Most members of the sceptical blogosphere will be aware that the British Chiropractic Association is suing Simon Singh for his suggestion that the evidence base underpinning chiropractic is somewhat lacking. They must be regretting it now. First there was the slight upsurge in the number of complaints to the General Chiropractic Council about their members’ breaches of their code of practise (40 last year and so far this year 590). Now the Streisand effect has kicked in and a slightly modified version of the suppressed article is appearing all over the internet. Like here. (more…)

Unclean, Unclean!

June 25, 2009

The H1N1 pandemic seems to have caused over-reaction in some quarters. A colleague on a training course was greeted with all the enthusiasm one would expect for a leper turning up at a society wedding. (more…)

Old Stuff Revisted

October 4, 2008

AOL-UK are closing their blogging service so I’ve decided to transfer some, most or all of my old AOL blogs here. (more…)

An Encounter With the Terrorism Act

July 21, 2008

I was on London Bridge station this morning heading into work and minding my own business when two cops (well one real cop and one Community Service Officer) decided to stop me. It gave me a first hand experience of how much our rights have been eroded. (more…)

Say Goodbye to Your Liberty

February 23, 2008

The front page headline of today’s Guardian:

Government wants personal details of every traveller

“Passengers travelling between EU countries or taking domestic flights would have to hand over a mass of personal information, including their mobile phone number and credit card details, as part of a new package of security measures being demanded by the British government. The data would be stored for 13 years and used to “profile” suspects.” (more…)