Despite claims to the contrary, CFAs did not help free speech in BCA v Singh

Lord Jackson’s Review of Civil Litigation Costs was published in January 2010 . It applied to legal costs across the board, which obviously included costs in libel cases. Recently, there was an open consultation. However, I did not make a submission […]

James Delingpole blogs about Simon Singh

James Delingpole criticised me in this blog (“The curious double standards of Simon Singh”) after an exchange on Twitter. He then asked: “Can you answer reasonably, fairly, honestly?” Yes, I can. To make it interesting, I tried to find 10 […]

Help newspapers cover health and science more accurately

I was interested by @lecanardnoir’s tweet: “That despicable Daily Mail story that linked a tragic death to a flu vaccine has now been changed.“. The original tragic story (published online) had made a passing reference in its last line […]

Gherkin Physics

First of all – please do not try this at home. It’s VERY DANGEROUS. If you saw me speak at “Nine Lessons” this year, then you will have seen me electrocute a gherkin containing sodium chloride to show that sodium […]

Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) and Libel

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Today (18.1.2011), “The European Court of Human Rights today unanimously ruled that the payment of success fees of up to 100 per cent in privacy and defamation cases, under CFA agreements, constitutes a violation […]

Newsletter 41 – Happy New Year – Here’s to a libel-reforming, quack-busting, Higgs-hunting 2011

 1 January, 2011 1. Libel Case Over – a story with a happy ending … almost2. Future newsletters and twitter3. Uncaged Monkey Tour4. Skeptics in the Pub5. Overseas books6. Old Competition Winner7. New Competition Puzzle 1. Libel Case Over […]

The Mass Libel Reform Blog – Fight for Free Speech!

The Mass Libel Reform Blog – Fight for Free Speech!

This week is the first anniversary of the report Free Speech is Not for Sale, which highlighted the oppressive nature of English libel law. In short, the law is extremely hostile to writers, while being unreasonably friendly towards powerful corporations […]

Guest post on Jack of Kent

Last week the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) hosted one of the world’s biggest gatherings of spinal manipulators, namely the European Chiropractors’ Union Convention in London. During the coffee breaks, there was probably lots of discussion about the BCA’s decision to […]