A slightly bonkers Tory MP, David Tredinnick, who is MP for Bosworth, Leicestershire, and should know better, has decided that astrology should play an active part in decision making within the NHS. Oh dear, you may think, but it's worse than that. This isn't just some harmless old Tory buffoon making silly statements. No, David Tredinnick is a member of the health committee and the science and technology committee and therefore a person of considerable influence. I think he needs to be stopped.
Read about it here
http://mashable.com/2015/02/25/british- ... der=feedly
The epetition is here
https://submissions.epetitions.direct.g ... ions/67985
In the expenses scandal, IIRC, he was revealed to have spent £600 on homeopathy CD's and such like. In the House, he is, apparently, known as the MP for Holland and Barrett.
However, the petition calls for the government to remove him from the relevant committees. Apart from the fact that I don't think the government has the power to do so, I don't think the government should have the power to do so. If they could do so, then they could get rid of any criticism (and or lunacy) from the Committee system. Not a good idea. Even if it did end the reign of Hodge the Dodge.
Whether he should be accepted within the Conservative Party or by his electorate is another matter, but is not addressed by this petition.
Failing that, a concentrated Twitter campaign usually seems to have a beneficial effect. I've started already.
Indeed. The Health Committee Chair, Dr Sarah Wollaston has the measure of him and more than capable.thundril wrote:Perhaps the guy is having a mental health problem. I would leave him alone for a while.
The other people on the committrees will manage him, hopefully.
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