That has become more clear to me by noticing firstly, the IEA banner at the top, about the flaws in 'evidence based' policy. Actually, as a lefty, I know there's plenty of flaws in evidence based policy, intrinsically involved as it is in managerialism, but the IEA is a political pressure group, sorry, a think tank, devoted to being unpleasant to the poor and maximising profit for business. Well okay, that's a little simplistic. But their outlook is American libertarian shrink the state at all costs, aren't markets wonderful and the solution to all ills.
Thus any website which is involved with them is going to be biased.
I'd say the same thing about websites which advertised left wing think tanks or had "free Gaza" banners on them, but generally assume people have that idea already.
The second point is that this page:http://www.thinkscotland.org/todays-thinking/articles.html?read_full=12668&article=www.thinkscotland.org
"Neil Craig – a friend to freedom"
is a short obituary about some fellow I met a number of times online. There is this odd social thing about not speaking ill of the dead, except when their name is Jimmy Saville, but I think it necessary to point out that any website which says:When ThinkScotland expanded in 2010 so that it could widen its scope beyond discussing Scotland's role in europe Neil Craig became our first regular contibutor covering a wide range of topics with his enquiring mind, scientific logic and a touch of irony. Sadly, Neil passed away suddenly on 29th June, but not without leaving many memories for his wife, hazel, and his friends in the sci-fi, scientific and political communities that he moved in. With columns on topics such as applying Norwegian tunnelling expertise to bring economic revival to the Western Isles, assaults on climate change alarmism, BBC bias – and how politicians could deliver economic growth by spending less, Neil was justifiably known as the libertarian 'lone wolf' howling at the intellectual wilderness created by Scottish collectivists.
His scientific insight, curiosity for new ideas and open mind gave this website a wider scope than it otherwise would have had. Together with his wooly jumpers, permanent leather jacket and grey beard, his humility and good humour made him one of the characters of the team.
The actual fact is that Neil Craig was an anti-science nutter of the first order. His comments about climate change were total nonsense; I recall trying to educate him about how the term "oceanic acidification" meant that the ocean was becoming more acidic, not that it would have a pH of less than 7. He refused to understand that. His behaviour with regards to climate change was a popular one, based on denying that there was a problem, throwing up every kind of ink and nonsense to cloud any attempts at pointing out his errors, and claiming that attempting to deal with global warming was, IIRC, socialism. He liked to call environmentalists "watermelons", a favourite insult of the US right wing.
His online persona was occaisionally nice, but all too often, when you corrected his errors and pointed out that he was making shit up, descended into gibbering lunacy. If you are really bothered I urge you to look up his postings online.
His economic ideas were batshit insane too. He stood for election for his own "10% growth party", predicated upon the unsupportable idea that if you got rid of lots of government regulations and jobs and laws you'd be able to get 10% growth. Oddly enough the only country which has managed 10% growth in the last few decades is China, because of their growth from underdeveloped to developed country as fast as they can. The mechanisms of this growth and why it works only in China (and the attendant ecological and social problems) seemed never to enter his mind and he was fimrly committed to the idea of 10% growth in this country.
So any website which has on board someone who is at the least an eccentric, and at worst a lunatic should surely be treated with extra care. I'm sure he was nice to his wife and friends, didn't hurt animals and made some people laugh, but the simple fact is that the internet reveals an unpleasant and idiotic side to him and makes his simple minded political ideas look very wrong indeed.