Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Are some newspapers stirring up trouble?

According to a controversial front page story by The Sun newspaper this week (duly copied by the Mail Online), a new poll has revealed that nearly one-in-five British Muslims has some sympathy with those who have fled the UK to fight for ISIS in Syria.

The problem with the story is that it's wrong.  Even the organisation that conducted the poll for The Sun, Survation, has had to issue a statement to say that The Sun misinterpreted their survey.  And one of the researchers who helped to conduct the survey has also published an article that The Sun's report was incorrect. 

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Isn't it time politics grew up?

• First aid skills for school children killed-off by naughty MPs talking too much

A bill to introduce compulsory first aid training for all school children was blocked when Tory MPs purposely talked for so long that the proposal ran out of Parliamentary time.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

This is a war, but not against Islam

The horrific attacks against innocent people in Paris have shocked and appalled the world. The Islamic extremist terrorist group, ISIS, has admitted ‘responsibility’, and now some are calling for an all-out attack on Islam and all Muslims. That, in my view, would be a terrible mistake.

It’s mostly Muslims who are the victims of ISIS; it’s mostly Muslims who are fighting ISIS; most Muslims in Britain and the rest of the world are strongly against ISIS and similar terrorist groups; the vast majority of Muslims are loyal and upstanding citizens.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Free at last: Shaker Aamer

Imprisoned and tortured for over 13 years without charge or trial. What happened to Human Rights?

The last British resident to be kept prisoner at Guantánamo Bay, Shaker Aamer, has at last been freed and returned to Britain. Mr Aamer, who has never been charged or tried for any crime, has described being tortured in the presence of British agents.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Daily Express goes bananas

Three days ago it was rhubarb. But today it’s bananas on the Daily Express front page, claiming that the nation’s most popular fruit can cure… well, almost everything.

Only on Tuesday was the Daily Express front page telling its readers that rhubarb could cure cancer. But on closer inspection, the story soon crumbled. An ingredient in rhubarb, parietin, could destroy cancer cells in a dish, but there was no evidence that it could work on humans. 

There wasn’t any proof in the pudding, and the Express ended up with custard on its face (or rather on its front page).

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

More rhubarb from the Daily Express

Don't swallow everything you read.

Today’s Daily Express front page shouted, ‘RHUBARB CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE’. But the claim turns out to be rubbish.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Another Daily Express lie

Yet another lie about the refugee crisis, authored by the Daily Express. The newspaper falsely claimed that children were told to cook and clean for refugees - whereas the truth is that the children volunteered to help them, and their parents consented.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

The world in your coffee cup

• Coffee campaign that helped to change the world 
Today is the world’s first ever ‘International Coffee Day’, which also celebrates ‘Fair Trade Coffee’.

Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth, second only to oil. But whilst oil keeps our modern cars and machinery working, and coffee keeps us going even on a Monday morning or a Friday afternoon, there is a big difference between the two products.  

Oil producing countries are generally very rich. But countries that provide us with coffee are generally very poor.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

My 13 complaints against one Daily Mail story

A front-page news story by the Daily Mail in January last year that buses and planes to Britain from Romania and Bulgaria were 'full-up and sold-out' was untrue. 

The newspaper asserted that planes and busloads of Romanians and Bulgarians were on their way to Britain in the New Year of 2014 because 'work restrictions' had been lifted.  But with the help of Romanian journalist, Alina Matis, we discovered 13 shocking errors or disputed facts in the story.  

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Newspaper lies can cost lives

Heaven help anybody that the media or the government turns against – that’s what I told 'Russia Today' TV last year, but the interview was never broadcast.  Hardly surprising, really, since in Russia the media mostly is the government.  

In Russia, they don’t have a press regulator like we do. But is our system any better?