That promise was to observe the difference between academic ethics and activism, and to eschew the latter.
This is not about putting the boot into the British Chiropractic Association. It’s about preventing the BCA – or anyone else – putting the boot into people who publicly and in good faith dispute their scientific claims. It’s not about saying that Singh was correct in his criticism; it’s about his – or anyone else’s – right to test others’ claims in case they’re mistaken or misleading. It’s about the manifest injustice of the well-funded being able not only to refuse to play the scientific scrutiny game, but also to stop others playing it.