Freedom of Speech

The British Chiropractic Association’s (BCA) libel suit against Simon Singh became a cause celebre for critics of the UKs draconian libel laws. I am a passionate believer in free speech and although I disagreed with the vast majority of what Simon Singh wrote in his Guardian Article and the book he co- wrote with Professor Edzard Ernst, I supported his right to say what he did.
I more than anyone have experienced the bully boy tactics ( not to forget McTimoney bully girls) and legal threats from the BCA and the GCC for things I have written in fact in 2006 the GCC spent in the region of £100,000 hiring defamation lawyers from Addleshaw Goddard trying to have me remove blog postings and identify people who had posted comments on the website. The accused me of defaming the GCC Chief Executive Margaret Coats and her deputy Greg Price and sought a high court order against the site. The fact Greg Price was posting obscene comments on this site and disparaging chiropractic on other internet forums was brushed under the carpet after his resignation from the GCC.
Interesting thing about the Simon Singh case was it became a rallying call for anti CAM Skeptics (keep libel out of science) who given the chance would probably deny CAM practitioners their right to free speech. Therfore you will find much of my postings relating to this case in the “Sceptics and Prejudice” category

Simon Singh’s side of the British Chiropractic Associations version

May 20, 2010
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Simon Singh’s side of the British Chiropractic Associations version

  I like to hear both sides of a story and I never prejudge people. Obviously as a practising Irish chiropractor I disagreed with most of what was in Simon Singhs article in the Guardian and commented in my blog on the article. I also brought the book Trick or Treatment and thought the...

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Chiropractors are like turkeys paying for Christmas.

April 30, 2010
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Chiropractors are like turkeys paying for Christmas.

This is one of my favourite posting from the forums, written by a chiropractor I had always seen as an establishment figure. Unfortunately few had the courage to walk away. 17.5% VAT is a lot to give up. I left Tony Gilmore did, Dana Greene, Frank McBride, . Ten years ago there was such...

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Journalist explains how the BCA has damaged the chiropractic profession, by going after Simon Singh

April 3, 2010
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Amy Jenkins: Set out to gag the press and you might end up choking The Independent April 3 2010 I never had a problem with chiropractors. In fact, I used their services occasionally. If I had a stiff back I’d go along to be “manipulated”. I liked the terrifying and satisfying crunch of bone...

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Tuesdays Telegraph article about Simon Singh case.

February 22, 2010
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Simon Singh: it is too late for me, but libel laws must change for the public good It’s time to stop English law being used by the rich and powerful to stifle honest criticism, says Simon Singh By Simon Singh Published: 8:03PM GMT 22 Feb 2010 On Tuesday morning I will appear at the...

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Health Care, Politics, Regulation and Spin.

February 18, 2010
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  A health regulator taking a complaint from proponents of medical orthodoxy is nothing new. It was Sunday Times Journalist  Brian Deer, not patients who brought the complaint to the GMC regarding the “Scientific Research” of Andrew Wakfield. Watch this video from the perspective of a regulator being used to keep all registrants singing...

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Why the United Chiropractic Association (UCA) and traditional chiropractors, should be supporting Simon Sings campaign for free speech.

January 20, 2010
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Technorati Tags: Britiah Chiropractic Association,BCA,united chiropractic association,UCA,simon singh,free speech.,general chiropractic council,couch trip Senior chiropractors have a long history of using lawyers to stiffel debate. I have been threatened with legal action for my views by the GCC, the BCA, and the McTimoney association, the UCA dont sue they just keeps their heads down. I...

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More people supporting Simon Singh

July 1, 2009
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More people supporting Simon Singh

Back ‘cures’, a brave scientist and an epic court battle: How Britain’s libel laws are threatening free speech By Sue Reid Last updated at 1:31 AM on 01st July 2009 Comments (0) Add to My Stories With his round, John Lennon-style specs and nerdish good looks, physicist Simon Singh is an unlikely hero. As...

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The BCA’s decision to sue Simon Singh will be a disaster for the profession

June 4, 2009
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The BCA’s decision to sue Simon Singh will be a disaster for the profession

It would be funny if it was not so tragic for the chiropractic profession, and the BCA leadership will not have the sense to call off their dogs. On the other hand it could turn out that the BCA council knew exactly what they were doing and their action was deliberate so chiropractic sceptics...

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GCC chief executive Margaret Coats censors my election manifesto

May 7, 2007
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GCC chief executive Margaret Coats censors my election manifesto

In the Election for the GCC each of the ten candidates were allowed only 500 words to present their manifesto to the chiropractic profession. The election is performed by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) who earn a tidy sum from it. They get the commision from the chief executive and registrar who also acts...

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The GCC no lovers of free speech spent almost £100,000 trying to censor this site

July 1, 2006
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“When there’s a rift in the lute, the business of the lawyer is to widen the rift and gather the loot” Arthur Garfield Hays; Penguin Dictionary of Modern Quotations. In the last few years the GCC has contributed much to the coffers of the leagal profession. I hope they know what they are doing...

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