Feb 252015

Astrology could help take pressure off NHS doctors, claims Conservative MP

level of stupid

He criticised the BBC and TV scientist Professor Brian Cox for taking a “dismissive” approach to astrology, and accused opponents of being “racially prejudiced”. …

“I do believe that astrology and complementary medicine would help take the huge pressure off doctors.


“Ninety per cent of pregnant French women use homeopathy. Astrology is a useful diagnostic tool enabling us to see strengths and weaknesses via the birth chart.

“And, yes, I have helped fellow MPs. I do foresee that one day astrology will have a role to play in healthcare.”


I looked this dumbass up on Wikipedia. Apparently he’s for real. And apparently his interest in BS “alternative medicine” is real and not new:

Tredinnick supports alternative medicine including homeopathy and chiropractic.[9] In October 2009, he told Parliament that blood does not clot under a full moon; a spokesperson for the Royal College of Surgeons of England warned his colleagues would “laugh their heads off” at the suggestion.[10] In the same debate, Tredinnick characterised scientists as “racially prejudiced“.[9]

Health journalist Victoria Lambert has interpreted Health Minister Jeremy Hunt’s call for traditional Chinese medicine to be available on the NHS as an endorsement of Tredinnick’s call for integrated alternative healthcare. Tredinnick claims that “herbal medicine is not quackery”, is cost-effective and, unlike Western medicine, has been used for thousands of years in China.[11]

In July 2013, Tredinnick sponsored an Early Day Motion congratulating a farmer for his decision to use homeopathy.

Ye gods. And I thought American politicians trended towards derp.

 Posted by at 6:16 pm
  • Paul451

    The UK has a long tradition of chinless inbred morons the aristocracy believing in homoeopathy and similar woo. The Queen has an official Royal Homoeopath.

    • James

      I doubt the queen uses this person. You don’t get that old with it and she strikes me as a very intelligent person.

      • Paul451

        {laughs} Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Royal Family are huge supporters of homoeopathy. The Queen has a personal homeopathic “physician” (Peter Fisher) who is the head of the government-funded Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. Her favourite “homeopathic pharmacy” was investigated for selling sham “homoeopathic vaccines” during the swine flu epidemic.

        The British Medical Association stupidly made Prince Charles their patron (and honorary president) and he immediately set about trying to mainstream homeopathy and similar “complementary” treatments into the organisation. Supposedly Chuckles doesn’t use any treatment that isn’t approved by the Queen’s homeopath. Nor did the family allow any non-homeopathic treatment for the children.

        The whole family is batshit crazy.

        • James

          So basically the sane ones are the two princes.

          • Paul451

            William/Harry? No idea. I haven’t heard that their views are any different to their father, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunts and uncles, etc. As I mentioned, their parents and grandmother didn’t allow any non-homeopathic treatments for them as children. They wouldn’t have been vaccinated until they joined the military (and even then they may have been given a Royal exemption.) They probably never saw a medical doctor until they were teenagers at college.

          • James

            And where did you get this information?

          • Paul451

            Specifics, the googles.

            But I live in a Commonwealth country, so I’ve wallowed in the soup of Royal family info since I was a kid. I knew about the Queen and Chuck’s love of homeopathy, the existence of the Royal Homeopath, and the UK govt funding of homeopathic “hospitals”. Similarly I’d heard about the Queen’s pharmacy selling fake homeopathic “vaccines” during flu epidemics. (Although I would have said bird-flu, but apparently it was swine-flu.)

            I’ve also been involved with Australian skeptics groups, and this kind of official sanction (and government funding) has long been an issue for people who don’t support pretend-medicine. Many local practitioners of fake-medicine have tried to get similar official recognition in this country so they can get their claws on our universal-healthcare subsidies. The UK example therefore is dangerous to us.

  • Michael the Somewhat Civilized

    Very seldom have I laughed out loud at something on the Internet. This is one of those times.

  • Doug Pirahna

    When has “because the French do it” ever been a good reason for anything? 😉

    • James

      Why do you think we spell Colonel the way we do. Someone in England said but this is how the french do it.

      People used to be obsessive about the french like they are about Russia now.

    • Rick

      well, it was French commandos who sank the Rainbow Warrior after all so there’s that…

  • Anonymous

    This is all very amusing when we’re observing the antics of a foreign government, but has anyone checked whether this kind of thing is covered by Obamacare? Treating cancer by astrology and homeopathy would be tremendously effective as cost-saving measures, you know.

    Thinking about it makes my blood run cold.

  • Rick

    if you see a politician or prominent Talking Head pushing for something, you can bet cash money that they personally will profit from the adoption/promotion/funding of that thing.

    Somewhere, the dude has personal or familial investment in a “clinic” for this sort of thing.

    Kinda like all the “clinics” popping up here with massage and other “preventative” techniques queuing up at the ACA trough, under “health education” or whatever.