My foreign fans may be unaware that this is a genuine political party in the UK. It’s a shadow of its former self since the death of its firebrand leader and spokesman Screaming Lord Sutch, but even so most general elections will see a few candidates dressed as chickens or leprechauns gracing the stage at various count announcements. The idea, in case you have not guessed was to subvert things a bit.
I say they have lost a bit of steam, but help is at hand from the Honourable David Tredinnick MP, the sitting Conservative member for Bosworth. He’s clearly out there where the air’s a bit thin. He has recently said that we can reduce the pressure on the National Health Service if we consult an astrologer. He said scientific opposition to the whole idea of astrology is ‘… based on the SIP formula-superstition, ignorance, and prejudice.’ Pretty rich for somebody who believes Jupiter can affect our health to accuse others of being superstitious don’t you think? Fortunately he elaborates ‘It tends to be based on superstition (huh?), with scientists reacting emotionally, which is a great irony. They are also ignorant, because they never study the subject…’ He then puts the final nail in his own coffin lid, saying that since so many Asians, and in particular Hindus, make extensive use of astrology, to decry it is racial prejudice.
The thing is that astrology has been exposed to rigorous scientific examination over and over. Over and over it has been shown to be complete bunk. Racial prejudice? I’d bet my house that Mr Tredinnick is a churchgoer, and as a Christian he does not believe in Brahma, or Shiva, or Lakshmi, or Krishna, so that puts him in the racist boat along with scientists and members of the BNP. Clearly as mad as a bag of wet mice.
Somewhat worryingly, he is Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare, and has been since 2002. To add to your dismay, I fear I must tell you that he is a member of both the House of Commons Health Committee and the Science and Technology Committee having been elected to these positions by fellow MPs. I wonder if those idiots who voted for him are regretting the decision now.
Fortunately he expressly states this mumbo-jumbo should not be available on the National Health. But he does feel that ’If a patient goes to a professional astrologer they could for example find out about some issues related to health issues.’ I’m not sure what that gobbledygook means, to be honest.
But this is the scary bit. ‘There is a long history of this subject, and a number of politicians have used it too – Ronald Reagan, Eisenhower, de Gaulle and Churchill – so I’m not the only person who believe (sic) this is relevant.’ The list of people includes some of the most insane people ever to have graced public life. Reagan was mental. Eisenhower was an obsessive, which helped in the war effort, de Gaulle was French and hence borderline psychotic, and Churchill was notorious for being a drunkard and suffering from depression and other mental health problems. Not an auspicious crowd to have hauling your bandwagon, is it?
For those of you who are unaware of Screaming Lord Sutch… David Edward Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow, was a rock musician. He was a singer in his own band that at times included such luminaries as Keith Moon, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Charlie Watts, and Nicky Hopkins. He was an eccentric in the grand English tradition, and an inveterate funster. The world is a duller place without him.
BREAKING NEWS! David Tredinnick certified bonkers!