Piers Akerman has written a piece on his Daily Telegraph blog on the Kings Cross Medically Supervised Injecting Centre at this link.
I twice tried to leave a comment on his blog, but both times received the error message “You are not authorised to do that action” when I pressed the submit button” (I wonder what you have to do to be “authorised”?!)
Here is the comment I submitted to the blog:
Piers, as someone who has submitted mathematics papers to journals for publication, I know the importance of peers reviewing work. Non-experts don’t know if the authors of the review used a sound methodology, nor if they did a proper analysis. I am in favour of evidence-based public policy, and proper reviews of any public policy are extremely valuable. The “review” mentioned in this piece may be valuable, but non-experts have no way of judging this (eg judging its methodology).
Given that the conclusions of this review are at odds with many people think, it is important that people who are able to judge its methodology do so before the review is used as a basis of public policy.