A Bad Day to Detox… and a Diversion to Mill

Sense about Science are truly wonderful people, but, I fear, are engaged in a somewhat futile attempt to rid the world of gobbledygook.  Nevertheless, with Stakhanovite determination, they’re putting the boot into the detox industry.  Again.  On a similar theme, Ben Goldacre showed his mettle on Today and elsewhere. I wish them luck, but I […]

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Gordon Brown opposes something that noone wants anyway…

Gordon Brown was interviewed on the radio this morning by Cormack Murphy O’Connor, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.  A titanic clash of intellects it was not.  Apparently Super Gord is against reforming the laws on assisted suicide: In a interview with Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, a guest editor on Today, Mr Brown was asked about calls […]

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Health care as a testing ground for theories of distributive justice

Political philosophy has historically been a surprisingly unreal subject and distributive justice as a sub-field has fared no better, indeed some of the primary discussions have focused on the distribution of plover eggs and claret and taken place on desert islands. There is some sense to this, abstracting away from society and normal circumstances can […]

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S. and Marper v. the UK 17 – 0 for civil liberties and common sense

The European Court of Human Rights have today in a unanimous 17 – 0 decision decided that the retention of DNA profiles and tissue samples from people who have been arrested, but not charged with or convicted of any crime is a breach of their right to respect for private life (Article 8 of the […]

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