Dr Evan Harris MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Science Minister and member of the BMA Medical Ethical Committee since 1999, sits on the Science and Technology Committee carrying out the Evidence Check on homeopathy. By his own statement to the committee he has also worked with Sense About Science on numerous issues and 'has argued with Ben Goldacre many times over the years." One might wonder who put forward the witnesses for the Evidence Check, which included Tracy Brown, Director of Sense About Science and Ben Goldacre, journalist with The Guardian.
Dr Harris was notable during the committee meetings for his lines of questioning, his obvious disrespect for the three pro-homeopathy witnesses, and his often puerile questions designed, it seemed to me, to distract the proceedings from the issue at hand.
It was with some interest then that I watched this video from justice4homeopathy and its assertion that by giving a speech to the 1023 London event, in which he amuses the crowd with an account of his ludicrous questions to Dr Peter Fisher, director of the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, he contravenes the GMC Guidance for Good Practice Sections 1.46 and 1.47 Respect for colleagues. And furthermore, by taking part in the 1023 'mass overdose' he shows such an extreme bias on the matter of homeopathy that it should disqualify him from serving on the Evidence Check.
Watch the video here and if you agree contact your MP immediately and let them know your feelings. If it doesn't play, double click the screen and you can watch it at youtube.