[GM Watch profile] Michael Fitzpatrick
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick is a GP in Hackney, London. He is a Trustee of the
controversial lobby group Sense About Science. Sense About Science shares
its telephone number with an organisation called Global Futures of which
Fitzpatrick is also a Trustee and to which Sense about Science's director,
Tracey Brown, and its assistant director, Ellen Raphael, also belong.
Tracey Brown and Ellen Raphael both contributed to the magazine LM, which
developed out of the monthly review of the Revolutionary Commmunist Party
(RCP), Living Marxism. Global Futures appears to be one of a series of
front groups generated by the political network of individuals involved
with LM and the RCP to forward their political agenda.
Mike Fitzpatrick, like his brother John, was a leading member of the RCP.
He frequently contributed to its monthly review Living Marxism under the
alias Mike Freeman. Living Marxism later became LM, in which Fitzpatrick
had a regular column.
Fitzpatrick has also contributed regularly to Spiked and has spoken at
events organised by both Spiked and the Institute of Ideas (IoI), such as
its Genes & Society Festival, organised in association with Pfizer. Spiked
and IoI both developed out of LM.
Fitzpatrick was a member of the the joint Forum of the Social Issues
Research Centre and the Royal Institution which drew up the Guidelines on
Science and Health to try and 'improve' the reporting of controversial
scientific issues like GM foods by the media.
Other members of the Forum included Professor Sir John Krebs FRS, the
chairman of the Food Standards Agency, Lord Dick Taverne QC, the
Co-Directors of The Social Issues Research Centre, and the Baroness Susan
Greenfield, Director of The Royal Institution.
He has a regular column in The Lancet.