All power to the quacks

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In Commons Health Questions this afternoon Tory MP David Tredinnick was disgusted by the suggestion of one of his Liberal Democrat colleagues that homeopathy should not receive NHS funding.

Tredinnick, who has a loony reputation in a most appropriate sense, decried the criticism of his beloved homeopathy as “illiberal”. Despite what the cynics claim there was plenty of annecdotal evidence that homeopathy works, he declared. In other words, damn those scientists and their pesky science!

The complementary-enthusiastic Conservative then pointed out that no-one was forcing anyone else to use homeopathic medicine so why not just leave it alone. But Tredinnick is of course in favour of forcing us taxpayers to pay for this nonsense as part of the NHS budget. As with hospital chaplains, I spy some sensible public expenditure cuts!

In a two fingered defiance to sanity and reason Conservative MPs recently put both Tredinnick and Nadine Dorries on the Health Select Committee. Yes, that’s the same Nadine Dorries who, as part of her anti-abortion crusade, allied herself to Andrea Williams of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship, an evangelical who believes that the world is only 4000 years old.

Would it not be more sensible to establish a harmless All Party Parliamentary Flat Earth Society and then let Tredinnick and Dorries help run that?

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3 Responses to “All power to the quacks”

  1. Robert Says:

    When doctors said they could not stop the pain I have from a back injury, they said we have a great new way with needles, it will be resting anyway, it did sod all for the pain, then I was to have my bones re set they said, three weeks later a bloke the size of an elephant put his knee in my back my back went crack and I spent sixteen weeks in hospital, then I was given a drug not approved as a medicine this chap said they used in China for years for pain, that caused me to have a bad tummy two more weeks in hospital.

    I’ll stick with morphine.

  2. ANiN Says:

    Looney is a word used to stigmatise those with mental health problems. There is no evidence that the Moon affects our feelings, minds, mental health or views about homeopathy. There is an important campaign running about challenging Mental Health Stigma perhaps you could blog about it.

    http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/2009/01/21/110470/biggest-ever-mental-health-anti-stigma-campaign-launched.htm

  3. captainjako Says:

    The man believes in the power of the moon – essentially a self-admitted lunatic!

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