US Faith Healer Says He Raised Man From the Dead in Northern England

From Charisma: [Robby] Dawkins, author of Do What Jesus Did: A Real-Life Field Guide to Healing the Sick, Routing Demons and Changing Lives Forever, saw a resurrection from the dead at his April meeting in Northern England. In fact, he was leading the prayer. The drama started just as he announced the title of his message. That’s […]

Libertarian Accuses Critical Blogger of Causing “Alarm and Distress”

Over at Zelo Street, Tim Fenton (recently profiled by the Guardian) reveals details of a nastygram from Griffin Law, sent on behalf of free-speech “libertarian” and commentator Harry Cole: We are instructed by Harry Cole… We refer to various untrue, defamatory and malicious statements made by you about our client online that have caused and […]

Wiltshire Police Withdraws Misleading Webpage on Police Information Notices

From the “Your Journey to Justice” section of the website of Wiltshire Police, as of March 2015: Harassment Information Notice This is a written notice showing who the offender has been harassing and how. The piece of paper with the information on has to be signed by the accused person to say they have been […]

Nadine Dorries: Her Accusations in Context

Introduction Election results in from the constituency of mid-Bedfordshire show that Tim Ireland, the independent anti-corruption candidate, received 384 votes, or 0.7%. It was a creditable showing for an independent with a progressive perspective: in 2005, a certain Saqhib Ali (more recently standing elsewhere for Labour) polled 301 votes (0.6%) in the same constituency. It […]

Nadine Dorries: False Accusations of Stalking and the Media

Note: I am a friend of the person who has been accused by Dorries. However, I am solely responsible for the content below and for the decision to publish. Last September, the Mail on Sunday ran a feature with a dramatic headline: This man’s stalked me for seven years… so why can’t the police stop him? […]

Maajid Nawaz and Club Charlie’s Angels: What Happens In Whitechapel Doesn’t Stay In Whitechapel

What are the qualities that make for a successful proprietor of an establishment known in British licensing law as a “Sexual Entertainment Venue” (SEV)? Discretion must surely be close to the top of the list, along with a broadminded perspective on human nature – or, at the very least, the ability to compartmentalize personal distaste. What then, […]

Hampstead Satanism Panic: Protestor Arrested

A couple of weeks ago, the Daily Mail wrote about a bizarre protest that had taken place outside an Anglican church in Hampstead, north London: …At morning service at the church attached to Christ Church primary school yesterday [Sunday 22 March], parishioners were confronted by a group of between 20 and 30 of [Ella] Draper’s supporters, […]

UK Satanic Panic: Dead Politicians and the Media

Earlier this week I wrote a post relating to claims of “Satanic cult abuse” supposedly involving three now-dead British politicians: the socially liberal Labour MP Leo Abse, the notorious renegade Tory Enoch Powell, and the former Conservative Home Secretary Willie Whitelaw. To recap: the story emerged in a drip-drip fashion, beginning with the Sunday Times on 22 […]

Dead MPs Accused of Satanic Ritual Abuse

Accusations trace back on fraudster in mid-1980s (Revised and updated) Introduction In 1991 a journalist named Tim Tate produced a book called Children of the Devil: Ritual Abuse and Satanic Crime. It included a quote from Dominic Walker, at that time an Anglican vicar in Brighton: The people who come to me tend to be referred from […]

Two MPs Linked to Group Promoting Hampstead Satanic Panic

From the Ham&High (a local paper for Hampstead and Highgate in London): Police have confirmed they are hunting a number of individuals wanted in connection with the case that saw an “evil” mother [Ella Draper] take part in the torture of her own young children to force them to invent allegations of child abuse. …Dozens of […]