Psychologist stands by his statement
5.09.09 by Buffalo Bill
Given that the original Telegraph report described Professor Ayton as a ‘psychiatrist’ when, in fact, he is a psychologist, I wondered whether he had been misquoted as well, and hadn’t said that bicycles were responsible for more deaths than terrorism. So I emailed him to ask him. This was his reply:
I don’t have a verbatim record of that conversation but I certainly stand by the argument that, in London, over the past ten (and indeed more) years, cycling has been a greater hazard than terrorism and is responsible for far more deaths.
Not only a psychologist but a mentalist as well. He also sent me a PDF of the whole study (not just the press release) which you can download here. I really can’t be bothered to read the whole thing, as the conclusion, as I said before, is so wrong. I know that is very lazy, and very poor form, and this is probably exactly the kind of behaviour that is killing proper journalism.
Some comments off Twitter on this story:
Haribo sweets have probably killed more people than terrorism in London in the past 10 years.
Yeah, and peanuts are more dangerous than tsunamis… or something.