The importance of being Ernst (2)
Ernst is vociferously campaigning against the very libel laws he has just invoked to threaten not me, but my 21 year old website designer who isn’t remotely connected to complementary therapy and had never even heard of Edzard Ernst until yesterday.
So says the diabolical blogger whose nasty, vicious and unsubstantiated attack on Edzard Ernst, I blogged about yesterday. Chris Holmes had posted three articles entitled ‘Edzard Ernst is a fake’ on a blog called Truth Will Out. Less than 24 hours later, I’m pleased to report that all three of these articles have been removed.
In their place Chris has posted another unbelievably silly attack on Edzard, whining that Edzard has threatened to sue his “web designer”, Nathan Beck. Here’s Chris in full fantasist mode:
I wonder why he didn’t contact me? Perhaps he’s not talking to me. Or maybe he read some of the things I’ve written and thought: “This guy calls powerful drug companies all the names under the sun, calls the Department of Health and the BMA corrupt liars with blood on their hands, and ASH, and the Royal College of Physicians… maybe he won’t be intimidated by an email from an academic…
Or maybe Edzard knows young Nathan isn’t just the web designer but is also the registrant for the Truth Will Out domain? It’s not exactly a secret, after all. The information is in the public domain and obtainable in a couple of clicks of the mouse.
Predictably, Chris can’t just graciously admit that his articles were indeed defamatory and remove them but has instead made a pathetic attempt to paint Edzard as some kind of hypocrite:
Can’t help feeling though, ‘Professor’, that in invoking the very laws your campaign says are outrageous when used on Simon Singh (and I agree), you just undermined your own credibility more effectively than The Mole from Thunderbirds.
Oh please! Nobody — not Edzard Ernst, not Simon Singh, not a single one of the thousands of us who are campaigning for libel reform — is arguing that we should do away with the libel laws altogether. That’s why it’s called the Libel Reform Campaign and not the Libel Abolition Campaign.
We all agree that we need libel laws designed to protect individuals from being hurt by malicious falsehoods being promoted by desperately nasty people like Chris Holmes. What we don’t need are libel laws that intimidate the scientific community from publicly challenging dangerous nonsense promoted by zealous quacks like the BCA.
The object, as it states quite clearly on the LRC website is
to simplify the existing law, restore the balance between free speech and the protection of reputation,
Got it now?
Chris Holmes has already made a big show of having signed the petition yesterday so he could write his latest sanctimonious post. But to anyone who hasn’t signed, please do so now and write to your MP if they haven’t signed Early Day Motion 423.