I’m finding it increasingly difficult to comment on a whole host of matters. Even where I do manage to type out eight hundred words of thoughts, half of what I write is so carefully pre-edited as to make me feel the only thing I’m learning to do of late is self-censor my output more ingeniously. [...]
Here’s a batshit insane story, to quote from one of my Twitter acquaintances, Adrian Short:
Batshit insane Tory MP David Tredinnick wants more astrology in healthcare: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28464009 …
And here’s the story he links to:
A Conservative MP has spoken of his belief in astrology and his desire to incorporate it into medicine.
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.
The MP in question goes on to describe astrology as something with a “proven track record”. Proven, I suppose, as much as Tory economics has shown itself able to serve the nation equitably.
But Short makes a follow-up comment which really does interest me:
Which makes me wonder how we regulate negligence and misconduct in medical astrology.
Considering that so much of what the public-sector NHS is now carrying out is under the immediate control and management of private-sector companies, and considering that clinical negligence has been taken out of scope of Legal Aid provision, you might very well ask the same question of traditional non-batshit-insane medicine: without emanation of the state, without Legal Aid, effectively you have a system built not only to enable wide-ranging freedoms for medical corporations to do as they wish but also for MPs like David Tredinnick – and the similarly curious – to bring to our GP surgeries such prejudice-based treatments.
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d suggest that it was all part of a whole. Instead, I’ll simply remind us that battles must be fought by those most affected. And we are now clearly those most affected by all this prejudice.