Some time ago, I requested the BBC R4 prog "More or Less" to examine\nthe case for cycle helmets, as they had done some very significant\ndemolition jobs on other misuses of statistics. I was agreeably\nsurprised to find that they took up my suggestion and helmets were\nfeatured on their programme today. Listen again at\n[URL]http://tinyurl.com/358uz42[/URL].\n\nThe helmet bit starts at about 12' 30" in.\n\nSilly me! This is the BBC, which appears to have taken a policy\ndecision to promote cycle helmets, but I'd be surprised if they would\nadmit it. The prog is supposed to be a "Magazine show investigating\nthe ways we use numbers, statistics and measurements." except in the\ncase of cycle helmets apparently.\n\nThey interviewed Angie Lee of BHIT, completely pro-helmet of course,\nand Dr Ian Walker, who appeared to be ambivalent. No-one was\ninterviewed who was against helmets. Not a single statistic was\nquoted. The dichotomy between the helmet proponents' evidence and\npro-\nchoice people's evidence was not examined.\n\nAlso, the presenter was grossly biased as he wore a helmet because he\nthought they worked.\n\nThe BBC has sunk to a new low, has gone through the bottom of the\nbarrel and is halfway to New Zealand.