Opinion piece originally appeared in Red Pepper on 22 May 2013. Richard Dawkins, professional atheist and Twitter provocateur, has branched out beyond his recent foray into Muslim journalist-baiting to offer his recommendations for parliamentary reform. Following Labour ex-minister Frank Field’s call for the new Archbishop of Canterbury to give up the 25 seats the Church of England appoints to […]Read more "Dawkins vs democracy"
This article was originally published on the Nature News blog on 17 October, 2012. The good news is that tuberculosis prevention efforts appear to have broken the back of the spread of the disease, according to the World Health Organisation’s latest annual report on the scourge, with new cases of TB falling by 2.2% between 2010 and […]Read more "The TB drugs don’t work"
I co-authored this article with Andrew Bowman, a research fellow with the University of Manchester’s Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change (CRESC) and Financial Times blogger, originally published in Red Pepper in August 2012. While the eurozone teeters on the brink, construction work is underway in Frankfurt’s financial district on new headquarters for the European […]Read more "Austerity for the people, welfare for the banks"
News article appeared in Scientific American in June, 2012. Could nature be mocking North Carolina’s law-makers? Less than two weeks after the state’s senate passed a bill banning state agencies from reporting that sea-level rise is accelerating, research has shown that the coast between North Carolina and Massachusetts is experiencing the fastest sea-level rise in […]Read more "North Carolina Sea Level Rises Despite State Senators"
This satire was originally intended to be an April Fool’s story for the EUobserver, but due to some editorial hiccups, it was never published. I’d planned on putting it up here straight away, but the best laid plans of mice and men, etc., etc. Anyway, it seems it might still be worth a laugh given […]Read more "Brussels task-force exploring restoration of Greek monarchy"
News article originally published in the Guardian on Wednesday 7 September 2011 The European Union’s highest court on Tuesday ruled that honey which contains trace amounts of pollen from genetically modified (GM) corn must be labelled as GM produce and undergo full safety authorisation before it can be sold as food. In what green groups are calling a “groundbreaking” […]Read more "EU bans GM-contaminated honey from general sale"
Feature originally published in Red Pepper in the January 2011 edition. Tracing the emergence of comic-book journalism Traditional print journalism may be in crisis, with once‑mighty, agenda-setting oak trees of national and regional newspapers in fear of felling. But elsewhere, the bright green buds of a new form of journalism are sprouting. Comic-book journalism, or, as it is […]Read more "The ninth art meets the fourth estate"