Miscellaneous Carols For Skeptical People #1: Simon Singh


Everyone and anyone who’s anyone in the skeptical community seems to be going to Robin Ince’s upcoming Christmas spectacular ‘Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People’. I, however, am not. So, wallowing in my position outside of ‘everyone’ and ‘anyone’, I thought I’d put together a few of my own carols for skeptical people. What better and more topical a place to start, thought I (for I was preparing for writing by inverting my noun-verb structure to start feeling all cultured and that) than with skeptic of the year and upcoming speaker at Liverpool Skeptics in the Pub Simon Singh, and the libel ruckus kicked up by those charming chaps at the BCA.

So, without further ado and to the tune of ‘We Three Kings Of Orient Are’, I give you:

Simon Singh: Exposer of Quacks

Simon Singh, Exposer Of Quacks

Simon Singh, exposer of quacks:
“Stay away from chiropracts
Curing colic this way’s bollocks
Ditch this bogus crap!”

So chiropractors started a war
Hid behind the libel law
“Oh Carter-Ruck him, Throw the book at him
Show this journo what for”

We the lawyers for the BCA
Wish to stop you having your say
You ask for proof, well here’s the truth
We’ll sue you anyway

Oh chiropractors started a war
Hid behind the libel law
“Oh Carter-Ruck him, Throw the book at him
Show this journo what for”

We the global skeptics unite
We believe that free speech is right
We campaign and with disdain
We’ll bring your quackery to light

Oh chiropractors started a war
Hid behind the libel law
“Oh Carter-Ruck him, Throw the book at him
Show this journo what for”

So, it seems, the problem is this:
The libel law in England’s remiss.
We’ve bullying, boorish libel tourists
Bloody well taking the piss

Oh chiropractors started a war
Hid behind the libel law
“Oh Carter-Ruck him, Throw the book at him
Show this journo what for”

Now libel law is under attack
From writers wanting their freedom back
Go tell your clients: Sense About Science
Fight for rights that we lack.

The chiropractors started this war
They hid behind the libel law
Don’t Carter-Ruck us or throw the book at us
We’ll stand for that no more.

Simon Singh will be doing a talk on Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial on Thursday 21st January 2010 for Liverpool Skeptics in the Pub.

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  1. #1 by Richard Jacques on December 10, 2009 - 13:49

    You were obviously really inspired by our “Humanist Christmas Carol” competition at our marvelous mid-winter “Festivus for the Rest of Us” last night. Thanks for showing up. I know you had dashed straight from recording “Righteous Indignation”. Glad to see it put you in the festive spirit. I’m really looking forward to hearing Simon Singh speak in “Skeptics in the Pub” in Liverpool in January.

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