Everyone’s laughing at mad ‘Mystic Tred’
Commentators have been having a great deal of fun at the expense of Tory MP, David Tredinnick, who said this week that the NHS could use astrology to treat its patients.
In addition to publishing a Photoshopped image of the crackpot, dubbed “Mystic Tred”, the Huffington Post carried a piece by Paul Vale who suggested six other policy ideas David Tredinnick – who sits on both the government’s Health Select Committee and the Science and Technology Select Committee – might like to champion:
• The Treasury to employ an alchemist to restock Britain’s gold reserves.
• Foreign policy to be shaped by an analysis of the bumps on Putin’s head.
• Unemployment to be reduced by mapping job centres according to Feng Shui.
• Ukip’s non-immigration policies to be located with divining rods.
• The national debt to be reduced by rubbing it with a potato.
• Russell Grant to be unveiled as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
I do believe that astrology and complementary medicine would help take the huge pressure off doctors.
He also pointed out that:
Ninety per cent of pregnant French women use homeopathy. And 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.
The loopy Conservative said that people unconvinced by astrology were “bullies”, adding that his favourite brand of woo is:
Based on thousands of years of observation. I think it is a great pity that so many scientists today are dismissive of right-side brain energy, such as intuition. People such as Professor Brian Cox, who called astrology ‘rubbish’ have simply not studied the subject. The opposition (to astrology) is based on what I call the SIP formula – superstition, ignorance, and prejudice.
Tredinnick said the poo-poohing of astrology:
Tends to be based on superstition, with scientists reacting emotionally, which is always a great irony. They are also ignorant, because they never study the subject and just say that it is all to do with what appears in the newspapers, which it is not, and they are deeply prejudiced, and racially prejudiced, which is troubling.
In response, Liberal Democrat Michael Mullaney, who is opposing Tredinnick in May’s General Election, said:
Will Mr Tredinnick ever stop? With all his talk about astrology he is letting local people down by denying them a voice in Parliament on the big issues. We need an MP who will speak up on the importance of employment, decent wages, pensions, improving the education system, transport issues, saving green spaces.
What we don’t need is an MP who is making our area a laughing stock with his utterly ridiculous obsession with astrology.
Tredinnick, then chair of the parliamentary group on complementary healthcare argued that he was pursuing his interest astrology as part of his parliamentary duties, but he later apologised and agreed to repay the money.
Paul Vale concluded:
It is not known whether Tredinnick’s Tuesday horoscope predicted the savage backlash he was about to endure on Twitter.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn, Ivan Bailey & Daz