The 'scientific study' on third hand smoke consisted of a telephone poll asking ordinary people whether they thought it could be a problem. No research. No measurement of particles. No proof that any harmful particles even exist. No evidence at all, of any kind, other than the opinions of ordinary people.
Ordinary people who, as any wander along any street will demonstrate, are mostly idiots who will believe any damn thing they're told. I have convinced several people that the Romans built straight roads because they hadn't invented steering. There are people out there now who believe it and who are probably spreading it. When it ends up on your child's history curriculum, that was me. Sorry about that.
So when you consider that third hand smoke must be true because sixty percent of ordinary people believe it's true, remember what else they can be convinced of.
Hell, twenty-odd percent of them still think voting Labour is a good idea! Forty percent think the Tories will be better! There's your sixty percent right there.
In the meantime, Douglas Carswell is going for broke...
Enough is enough.
I've drafted the text of a motion for the Speaker to quit, and to be replaced by a new Speaker with a mandate to clean up the Commons. I'm consulting the Commons Table Office for advice on it.
I'm also starting to canvass for support for it from colleagues.
Go for it! The Speaker is hopelessly compromised and has no moral authority to do anything about MPs' expenses, even if he had the inclination to do so—which he (apparently) doesn't.
It's time for the utterly corrupt Gorbals Mick to be handed his marching orders, and be sent back to Glasgow.
Preferably in tiny pieces.
UPDATE: my impoverished but peripatetic Greek friend wrote about the Third Hand Smoke bollocks back in January.
The study reported on attitudes toward smoking in 1,500 households across the United States. [...] The data was collected in a national random-digit-dial telephone survey done between September and November 2005. The sample was weighted by race and gender, based on census information.
So it's not really a medical "study" at all, is it? It's an opinion poll. In fact, it's not much more "scientific" than the Sun asking its readers to vote on whether Jordan should have another boob job. I might as well phone you up and ask you if you're worried about getting a cock abcess. Why would you be? I just made it up!
Seriously, these people are scum. I am reading my preview copy of Velvet Fist, Iron Glove—A History Of Anti-Smoking and, once you become acquainted with the body of tactics engaged in by the anti-smoking brigade, this kind of mendacity becomes quite unsurprising.
But let's not beat about the bush here: the kind of fraudulent bollocks on display here totally destroys the reputation of real science...