Archive for February, 2008

So you’re saying we should ban things before there’s convincing evidence?

February 20, 2008

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Tayside and Central | MSP warning on power line dangers

“The risk is governments and other organisations wait until the evidence is totally overwhelming.”We should look at how evidence is building up.”


This is crazy. As far as I’m aware there is no convincing evidence that high tension power lines are a health risk. Even passive smoking is a lot less harmful than active smoking, unless you’re continually exposed to it.


or you could…

February 15, 2008

BBC NEWS | Politics | £10 licence to smoke proposed

Smokers could be forced to pay £10 for a permit to buy tobacco if a government health advisory body gets its way. 


No.First you ban tobacco additives. Then you raise the minimum age to 21. Then you restrict the points of sale, and possibly the hours of sale. Then you raise a wall between us and the rest of Europe… 

Snow in winter, who’d have thought it?

February 1, 2008

Forgive me a little cynicism. The weather in Scotland has been pretty appalling for the past few days, with rain, snow, and very strong winds. Today that weather moved south and suddenly the BBC noticed. Suddenly, a very dramatic five minute package on the News at 6, with live reports from here there and everywhere.

Apparently bad weather in Britain only counts as national news when it moves into England…