…is the title of a stage show I’ve written with a friend. Amazingly it looks like it might also be commissioned elsewhere (for Radio 4, in different form) and really I’m just showing off. But that was the least interesting thing in my email this week. Because people have started to lobby me.
Firstly, some publicist who thinks they’re a bit clever has sent me a copy of a bonkers book by a bonkers pseudoscience author, with the clear intent that I will mock it and so donate publicity. I’ve never felt so dirty, and if you look around their iffy literature, PR companies calculate â€œadvertising equivalentsâ€ for the exposure they manage to get a given brand for free in the media (Holford’s people, for all their Wiki shenanigans, are clearly very good at this). But I can’t help wondering, how often do I do more harm than good? I mean, I thought I might have been giving the Microfascist posse a bit more airtime than they deserved, but then they did recently get quoted favourably by the ex-head of NIH…
Meanwhile the abuse from the electromagnetic hypersensitivity lobby continues to pour in: 7 (seven) huge, lengthy emails sent at 5am from one person who then, at midday the next day, writes again to say: “Ben you did not respond to what i sent you. There is overwhelming proof about the problem. Catherine”
I’ve had challenges from American homeopaths to debates – backed up by an email campaign (moi?), more abuse from homeopaths, demands that I write about some pressure group that nobody has heard of, more abuse from senior homeopaths, still more abuse from the MMR people, and even more abuse from homeopaths.
I only mention this because recently it has started to get really quite seriously out of hand. Some of them imply violence. Some of them threaten – angrily – that I cannot quote their abuse or their name, and by implication that I must endure their personal, abusive vitriol in silence. Let me be very clear: your names are all going into a very big list, and I shall be forwarding it to Santa.