Search results: Jane McCredie 2021

  • Issue 24 / 4 July 2011
    Jane McCredie: Defending freedom by stealth

    THOSE do-good wowsers will stop at nothing in their never-ending quest to control our lives. They’ve made us wear seatbelts and bike helmets, taken all the fun out of a good old bake in the sun and now they want to stop fast-food institutions from advertising to little children. Fortunately, somebody…


  • Issue 38 / 11 October 2021
    Governments must lead with clear guidance on reopening

    AT a New York Italian restaurant last month, three men allegedly assaulted a member of staff because she asked to see proof of COVID-19 vaccination before seating them indoors. The woman was repeatedly punched and had her necklace broken, according to news reports. Carmine’s restaurant said in a statement…


  • Issue 36 / 27 September 2021
    A pouch of Douglas by any other name …

    IN a search for distraction from record-breaking lockdowns, thuggish “freedom” protesters, and – can this really be happening – earthquakes, I found myself thinking last week about anatomical naming. As you do. Our glorious human bodies have so many moving parts it takes a dictionary to list…


  • Issue 34 / 13 September 2021
    Jenner, sure, but here’s to the real pioneers of vaccination

    IF you’ve ever looked into the history of vaccination, you’ve likely heard that this vital preventive health measure was discovered, or invented, by English country doctor Edward Jenner at the end of the 18th century. The World Health Organisation is just one of many organisations to say so. Jenner…


  • Issue 32 / 30 August 2021
    Why worry when the Croods are our role models?

    – We’ve been in that cave forever – Three days is not forever – It is with this family The Croods, DreamWorks animated feature, 2013 UNLIKE the bumbling Stone Age family of The Croods, most of us have spent a lot more than three days in our caves over the past 18 months. The roller-coaster of…


  • Issue 30 / 16 August 2021
    Earning trust to change skeptics’ minds

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.” THIS quote was attributed to Jonathan Swift in an article in Scientific American back in 1851, and I’ve often quoted it to justify my withdrawal from discussion with social media acquaintances posting reams of…


  • Issue 28 / 2 August 2021
    Moral injury in clinicians concerning in COVID-19 “war”

    IN the early 1990s, US psychiatrist Dr Jonathan Shay began using the term “moral injury” to describe a particular kind of trauma he observed in the Vietnam veterans he was treating. Moral injury occurred, he believed, when there was a betrayal of “what’s right” by either those in authority…


  • Issue 26 / 19 July 2021
    COVID-19 documentary tells us to “keep on improvising”

    AT the end of 2020, I quoted from Daniel Defoe’s A journal of the plague year in one of my columns for InSight+. That book is probably the most striking literary text produced by Europe’s repeated outbreaks of bubonic plague, albeit written well after the events it describes. I have spoken to many…