Member of Parliament Tredinnick is saying silly stuff again

Oh. My. Goodness.

Can I tell you that I am elated to see that not just the U.S. has politicians that totally misunderstand how the world works?

BBC News – Astrology-loving MP seeks health answers in the stars.

David Tredinnick said he had spent 20 years studying astrology and healthcare and was convinced it could work.

The MP for Bosworth, a member of the health committee and the science and technology committee, said he was not afraid of ridicule or abuse.

“There is no logic in attacking something that has a proven track record,” he told BBC News.

He was obviously not “studying” correctly.

He thinks those skeptical of astrology are full of it and don’t know what they are talking about. Ironic.

“I am absolutely convinced that those who look at the map of the sky for the day that they were born and receive some professional guidance will find out a lot about themselves and it will make their lives easier,” he told MPs.

Epic fail that because HE is ABSOLUTELY convinced, then it MUST be true as the astrologers describe. He is the ignorant one since astrology is a classic example of pseudoscience which has been studied for centuries. Not only has it failed to predict events accurately, its tenets are in direct contrast to what we know about physics and the universe. A double woo-whammy!

He also says herbal and alt meds are vindicated because they are accepted by lots of people and used by health services — Argument from popularity – a logical fallacy. Science isn’t done by democracy, Mr. Tredinnick. Your statements reveal deep ignorance and but very shallow thinking.

Tredinnick has been called “the government’s resident medical loon“.

He’s been taken to task regularly via the Quackometer blog.

Worlds Collide for David Tredinnick MP | The Quackometer Blog.

MP David Tredinnick is Wrong about the Homeopathy Report | The Quackometer Blog.

If this guy is convinced by utter nonsense, it is scary he is in charge.

  9 comments for “Member of Parliament Tredinnick is saying silly stuff again

  1. peter Robinson
    July 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    In the BBC piece he calls skeptics “bullies”. Well, I for one would sure like to knock some sense into him!

  2. kompani101
    July 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    I am ashamed to say that I am a British subject and this loon is a member of my Parliament. We have a general election in May 2015 when idiots like Tredinnick will be kicked out along with the rest of his Conservative party mates and their sidekicks the LibDems.
    The UK’s Conservative party are trying their best to make the UK emulate America by selling off everything we hold dear, like our No1 ranked NHS into private hands (mostly their mates!), disempower the people, reduce tax for the rich and be a lap dog of America.

  3. July 25, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Why worry, at least he (albeit unwittingly) injects proceedings with some humour. No politician (or indeed anyone else) has wilfully changed anything by one iota since time began.

  4. busterggi
    July 25, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Well at least he isn’t claiming personal conversations with god – every Republican candidate in the US seems to be.

  5. Anthony
    July 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Roll on Independence for Scotland i say! 😉

  6. Rory Harkins
    July 25, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Hear, hear.

    Though I’m sure we’ve got some numpties who believe similar things at Holyrood.

  7. July 26, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    The Hon. Member for Narnia has form, alas, and it seems he quoted Schopenhauer, which is pretty much the Galileo Gambit. He’s been trying to crowbar homeopathy into the NHS since he arrived in parliament, fortunately without success, and he sees it as his duty and mission to get the Scienc ena dTechnology Committee to be less reductionist (i.e. stop basing their opinions on, you know, science).

    The scary thing is that he is not alone. The Heath Secretary has also spoken in favour of homeopathy, which is probably why of all the recommendations made by the previous chief scientific officer, ditching homeopathy is the only one that was disregarded.

    I suspect that if a politician of the 1950s came back today and looked at the way science is sidelined in favour of irrational belief, they would be dumbfounded. Half a century ago we thought the age of unreason was coming to a close. Unreason has instead rallied magnificently.

  8. July 26, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    All ‘beliefs’ are illogical, including the belief that some people are idiots. It’s easier if you are just able to accept everyone as part of the rich tapestry of life. You can’t alter the world, or your own life, and all of us will be a long time dead.

  9. Brian
    July 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    I’d like to see where he goes for medical practice. I am willing to bet he goes to the *best* hospitals and doctors….

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