Quotes of the day

Both from Ben Goldacre’s latest:

“I am talking about a long-standing discipline—an art and a science—that has been with us since ancient Egyptian, Roman, Babylonian and Assyrian times. It is part of the Chinese, Muslim and Hindu cultures… Criticism is deeply offensive to those cultures,” says Tredinnnick: “and I have a Muslim college in my constituency.”

That’s Conservative MP David Tredinnick defending his view that the moon is evil. To cleanse:

The honourable Member for Braintree cited evidence from The Sun, so I want to refer to a recent edition of the British Medical Journal.

That’s Evan Harris, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West & Abingdon (from a different debate).