Pandemic fears

24 October 2014

They think it’s all ebola

The football world's response to the disease has been farcical.

20 October 2014

Ebola: the culture of fear goes viral

The real threat to the West does not come from ebola.

6 August 2014

Fear not, ebola won't wipe us out

Misanthropes are using the disease to spread unfounded fears.

7 June 2011

Killer cucumbers and evil bean sprouts? Chill out

Yes, the E. coli outbreak in Germany is serious, but the panic-fuelled overreaction to it has ended up making things even worse.

23 May 2011

WHO’s learned nothing from the swine-flu panic?

The over-reaction to H1N1 influenza in 2009 was built on years of waiting for ‘the Big One’.

Apocalypse looms – again

Before you fall for the scare about antibiotic-resistant plagues, just consider how insanely wrong the authorities were about swine flu.

22 December 2009

A pandemic of fantasy flu

This year’s swine flu panic crowned a decade in which the gap between public-health scaremongering and reality was vast.

Making a pig’s ear of the vaccination debate

People are right to be sceptical about the swine-flu scare, but it is telling – and worrying – that they focus their scepticism on swine-flu jabs.

11 August 2009

Sickened by modern farming?

Agriculture has provided great benefits to mankind, yet greens are keen to blame it for the swine flu pandemic.

20 July 2009

The fearmongers preying on pregnant women

It was only a matter of time before the swine-flu scare lobby turned its attention to those who are seen as an easy target for fear: mums-to-be.