Empiricism

Who are the security services protecting, the public or the elite?

I saw something on the BBC website yesterday that kept me tossing and turning most of the night. It’s a piece about army intelligence officer, Brian Gemmell, who was gathering information on loyalists in Northern Ireland during the troubles in the 1970s when he stumbled across evidence of child abuse at Kincora Boy’s Home in … Continue reading Who are the security services protecting, the public or the elite?

Finding the cause of the MH17 disaster, beyond all reasonable doubt

Anyone who has watched a TV who-done-it, as most of us have,  knows there are certain rules or ideals that all good investigators must aspire to. The same ideals apply in all modern liberal democracies since the enlightenment, in every kind of inquiry, whether in law, journalism or science: Take nobodies word for it. Hearsay … Continue reading Finding the cause of the MH17 disaster, beyond all reasonable doubt

Every cloud has a silver lining – just don’t tell the kids

Every cloud has a silver lining. That’s one of those sayings anyone over the age of 60 probably heard quite a lot when they were growing up, but hardly hears at all now. Like nursery rhymes and coal scuttles it’s one of those things that have gone out of fashion because we have no use … Continue reading Every cloud has a silver lining – just don’t tell the kids

Michael Shrimpton – Spyhunter

Here’s a video not many people have watched, or are ever likely to watch. It’s a 40 min speech given by barrister Michael Shrimpton at the Britain on the Brink conference in Winchester on 22 September 2007. What was the Britain on the Brink Conference you might ask? Well, according to the YouTube blurb is … Continue reading Michael Shrimpton – Spyhunter

Npower hikes energy bills 10.4% – are they trying to take the pi$$?

Less than a week after British Gas topped the energy price league, beating rivals SSE by a comfortable 12% margin to set a new high of 9.2%, Npower surges an extra 13% ahead of British Gas and a spectacular 27% ahead of SSE to set a new record of 10.4% Why would any company want … Continue reading Npower hikes energy bills 10.4% – are they trying to take the pi$$?

What does the Challenger disaster tell us about the meaning of “evidence”?

We’ve just been watching the excellent new BBC/Open University movie, The Challenger, starring William Hurt, telling the story of how Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman uncovered the truth behind the 1986 space shuttle disaster. As a former physicist with a passion for science stretching back as far as I can remember, I’m getting increasingly concerned … Continue reading What does the Challenger disaster tell us about the meaning of “evidence”?