Shining a Light in the Darkness


Politics does nothing for me personally (or for most of us) but what a blast the 2010 Election was! We'd identified a handful of MP's with seriously dark agendas and set about losing them their position of power in Parliament. We were not acting within the norm and had no desire for a grab of the power pie, instead we sought to take back some of the control we have collectively given away. This was a bold step with no guarantees and potentially a very public route to humiliation but like the character Del Boy says, “He who dares wins!” And we did.

Some call it negative campaigning when the opposite is equally true. Either way words aren't important whereas actions are everything.

In our research Dr Evan Harris shone above the rest and he soon became our primary focus. We decided to use the voting system to make some progress by getting rid of such negative elements instead of the doomed method of seeking change by voting for one offering us salvation. Harris stood out a mile as one we don't need making political decisions.

“It was eagle-eyed Evan Harris who first spotted the line in the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that revealed that government may move to ban human-animal hybrid embryo research in response to public revulsion. It was Evan who organised the first meetings of scientists to contest the proposed the ban, which grew into one of the biggest and most successful scientific collaborations on a scientific controversy. A year later, when Parliament voted in favour of allowing research on human-animal hybrids, few in science failed to acknowledge the exceptional contribution of one politician to this amazing transformation in public and political opinion.”

Harris didn't just promote the deathly sciences but he worked feverishly to denounces the holistic, caring methods of restoring health and well being. From Slingshot Publications

Science is the New Politics: Evan Harris the bigger picture

“Those who are attacked by corporate science tend to live in a half world unable to understand the enormity of the forces that are organised against them. However if we understand the map of the post-industrial corporate science lobby and look at an activist such as Evan Harris we can see clearly how personal political and 'philosophical' positions fit almost precisely into the promotion of corporate science and how his personal views and the way that he expresses them also reflect the
gathering assault on the more humanistic views of alternative organisations, thinkers and therapists.

Evan Harris was unseated as an MP for the constituency of Oxford Abingdon in the recent General Election. Although it is effectively too late to challenge his many nefarious purposes inside parliament, I hope the essay will educate those who find it hard to understand why and from where they have been or are being attacked. In my opinion, if we are to come anyway near winning this battle now upon us, everyone in the line of fire has to devote time to understanding and learning about 'the enemy'; who are presently, tactically, way out in front of us.”

We joined up the dots on his links to our inevitable ill-health from enforced water fluoridation, to his wish to extend the abortion time limit beyond six months of age, to forced vaccinations and vaccine damaged children and to some quite horrific animal abuse and we set about telling everyone in his constituency.

Evan Harris stood on the podium in Oxford at the previous election and romped home with a 7,683-seat majority. No one thought it possible he would lose this safe seat for the Big Pharma front man at the next election. Big Pharma are the main pushers of drugs inevitably tested on animals and passed as ‘safe’ which then incredibly often go on to do people harm. Or lead to more drugs which are tested on animals. And so on and so forth. The cycle of suffering is as endless as the stream of desperate, paying recipients.

At around 4.00am on May 7 2010 following a number of tense recounts of the Oxford West & Abingdon votes, Harris took the platform for the result but I was with him this time representing the Animal Protection Party and by this point in the proceedings we all knew the result and what a result! He was about to be out of a job so he wasn't quite so smug as he once had been.

We don’t ask for votes for the Animal Protection Party instead we ask for voters to tick any box other than the target. And they did, wiping out his majority! Harris was something of a wide open door exemplified by his apathy towards his voters, his denounciation of compassion and by his reaction to our arrival on his political stage. Early on in the campaign he told the press that he'd contacted the police for protection from the APP out of some imaginary fear. When that changed nothing he started to panic and begun telling lies about me. He claimed I'd been attacking his constituents and started to remove evidence from his website proving what we were saying about him. Only it wasn't fully removed so we highlighted that deception too.

It hadn't been figured out by many that the outcome of this election would be an amalgamation of the Lib Dems and the Conservatives but Evan Harris would feel the significance of that news as hard as anyone once it sank in. It would be a big enough blow to be ousted from his cushy job as as an MP by an animal rights group but then to realise his next job by default would have been Science Minister would have been the knock-out punch. Not just for Harris but for all that he represents.

Harris couldn’t hold back from moaning to the audience during his losers’ speech of the “dirty” nature of the Animal Protection Party campaign and told of his hopes that this approach wouldn’t become a regular feature of British politics. It only added insult to his injury when we reiterated that this is exactly what we intend to do! It would be rude not to.

“Science lost one of its strongest parliamentary supporters with the surprise defeat of Evan Harris, Professor David Nutt, who resigned as chairman of the Government's drugs advisory committee, said that it was a sad day for science and the Government.”

This was a surreal experience for me. Our dedicated crew worked hard on this campaign putting in long hours working through a political process. I don't for a moment feel that I have moved on for having spent the adrenaline filled early hours hanging out at an election count in Oxford eagerly exchanging vote calculations with the Conservative Party campaign team, as opposed to a preference for more remote locations not a million miles away with far fewer people around, but we have broken ground here as can be seen from those who Harris represents.

This is what he represents

This is who

The Science Media Centre's Fiona Fox:

“As the Science Media Centre emerged out of the ashes of the GM saga the remit was clear: to encourage more scientists to engage more effectively on contentious issues like GM. Opening in April 2002, a series of issues faced us that were clearly our reason for being: the MMR/autism controversy, the high profile campaign of opposition to animal research and the controversy over the use of embryos in stem cell research. Finding scientists to speak out on any of these issues was initially a huge challenge, yet Evan seemed to have made every one of them his own.

“Waking up to the news that (Harris) had lost his seat in last week’s election by a tiny margin was devastating... anyone who works, as we do, on the frontline of some of the biggest scientific debates of our times, it is only ever a matter of time before you get to know this MP well. As the Science Media Centre emerged out of the ashes of the GM saga the remit was clear: to encourage more scientists to engage more effectively on contentious issues like GM. Opening in April 2002, a series of issues faced us that were clearly our reason for being: the MMR/autism controversy, the high profile campaign of opposition to animal research and the controversy over the use of embryos in stem cell research.

“Arriving in the office after Evan’s defeat I discovered that my personal sense of dismay was widely shared with hundreds of scientists, science press officers and science journalists, all emailing and texting to express their shock that science had lost one of its foremost champions in Parliament.”

I have no desire to rely on the political process to further my motivation to repair this world and urge others to shun it but we certainly hit on something here. Harris represents the dark side and in removing him we have shone a little light and set a healthy presedent which shows that we the people have the power to make change when we use our initiative. The truth is that politics is one of the biggest fronts for all the negatives we see in our world and we need to stop feeding it with our vote. Politicians have a role and that role is to lead us, by deception, whether they fully understand it or not, to our own complete enslavement. They don't hold the power we do and we need to get a grip of it or we will never be free.

Who would have thought that the wonderful saviour Barack Obama would lead his people and the rest of the world deeper into the nightmare of multiple endless wars and the poisoning of the Gulf with crude. The Earth bleeds uncontrolably on his watch and this makes him as bad as all the rest - if not worse - yet so many faithful voters invited him in. Of course he is controlled by the same entities as the rest of them. He wouldn't be US President if he wasn't. The idea that people other than those we see on the TV control our destiny is too much for a lot of people to even consider but what we can all observe is that exactly the opposite of uttered promises about withdrawal from the latest 'theatre's of war' and doing everything possible to fix what they call the oil 'leak' is what we get. Exactly the opposite!

Where is it all this going to lead if we continue down this path? It doesn't look promising unless we rethink our approach and take back control from those whose best interests are not ours. We are the media and the government and the change we want to see.

Keith Mann June 2010


Current funders of the Science Media Centre. Spot the nice guy! These have the greatest need of some skewed science to sell their dodgy product and should not be trusted:

· Abbott Laboratories
· Alzheimer's Research Trust
· Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL) including Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard & Metro
· Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)
· AstraZeneca
· Bayer Plc
· Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
· Boots UK Ltd
· BP International Ltd
· British Pharmacological Society
· British Psychological Society (BPS)
· Cancer Research UK
· Chemical Industries Association (CIA)
· Chilled Food Association (CFA)
· Coca-Cola
· Colgate-Palmolive Company
· Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
· Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
· Diamond Light Source
· Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
· Elsevier BV
· Emergent Biosolutions Inc
· Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
· Engineering UK
· Environment Agency
· ExxonMobil
· Food Standards Agency (FSA)
· The Gatsby Charitable Foundation
· GE Healthcare
· GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
· The Government Office for Science (GO-S)
· Human Tissue Authority (HTA)
· Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST)
· Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Techology (IMarEST)
· Institute of Physics (IOP)
· Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
· Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET)
· Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
· International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)
· John Wiley & Sons Inc
· L'Oreal UK
· The Marmot Review
· Medical Research Council (MRC)
· Mental Health Foundation
· Mental Health Research Network
· Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) Limited
· The Met Office
· Mobile Operators Association (MOA)
· Monsanto UK Ltd
· Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association
· National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
· Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
· News International Ltd (including Times, Sunday Times, Sun, and News of the World)
· Novartis
· Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)
· Parkinson's Disease Society
· Philips UK
· The Physiological Society
· PR Works Ltd
· Research Councils UK (RCUK)
· Rethink
· Royal Academy of Engineering
· Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
· Royal College of Pathologists
· Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP)
· The Royal Society
· Sanofi Pasteur MSD
· Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
· Scottish Mental Health Research Network
· Shell UK Limited
· Siemens Plc
· Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM)
· Society for General Microbiology (SGM)
· Springer science+business media
· Syngenta
· Tate & Lyle Plc
· Unilever UK
· University of Portsmouth
· Wellcome Trust*
· Wi-Fi Alliance


Latest News

The future for the APP is very exciting. In fact, our next campaign is sitting right on our doorstep in London.

The Government’s Medical Research Council (MRC) has joined forces with the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and University College, London (UCL) to develop the £350 million British Library International Science Site (Bliss) which would be the largest laboratory of its kind in the world accommodating around 1,500 researchers.

The Bliss lab will be a Bio safety (BSL) level 3 containment facility which are primarily used to work on highly dangerous and infectious agents such as: Mycobacterium tuberculosis, SARS and Yellow Fever amongst many others. Apart from the animal rights issue, this lab poses a very real threat to the whole of London should one of these viruses escape, and we believe that something should be done to stop it being built.

We hope you will join us, like others have done, on this important campaign. Please contact us on

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