PERMISSION TO REPOST On Monday October 31st The One Click Group will be launching Martin Walker's latest book ***Brave New World of Zero Risk: Covert Strategy in British Science Policy*** Published by Slingshot Publications The book, which is in the form of a free downloadable PDF, will be available together with background information about the book and its author. From Wednesday November 2nd On the Zero Risk web site. http://www.zero-risk.org **************** Brave New World of Zero Risk In 1997, New Labour brought to power a strange brew of liberalism, anti-socialism, public relations and corporate lobbying. While Thatcher had encouraged the pharmaceutical industry, Blair made it a partner in government. The National Health Service, set up originally to provide health care to the British people regardless of income, has been sold off bit by bit, mainly to pharmaceutical interests. The most serious consequence of ceding to corporate interests responsibility for science, medicine and health, is that the independence of science and any possible independence of health care has been sacrificed. Corporate lobby groups, in bed with Big Pharma, insurance companies and New Labour, now press for the least expensive and the most profitable health care solutions. They attack alternative medicine and campaign for animal testing and vivisection. They have politicised science and now control its methodology and its research results. Using spin, lies and propaganda they harass and isolate anyone who comes to conclusions critical of new technology or pharma-science. They preach zero risk and claim that new technologies can cause no harm. This book examines the contemporary corporate politics of science in two areas, that of MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccination and the illness ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis). It shows how those who have fought for independent science have been bullied, attacked and discredited, using political strategies that have nothing to do with science and everything to do with power and profit.