Questioning Tredinnick

Recently (10th June) in Parliament, during an Oral Answers to Questions — Health session, the bumbling humbugger, considering discussion of Accident and Emergency Units prime opportunity to interject some pseudoscience into Parliamentary proceedings, rose to his pes planus and asked the Health Secretary: ‘Does my right hon. Friend agree that a critical problem that A … Continue reading


Act to prevent Tredinnick becoming Chair of the House of Commons Select Committee for Health

I note with interest the news of the resignation of Stephen Dorrell as Chair of the Commons Select Committee for Health. I am concerned to read that one of the primary contenders for the post will be existing Committee member, David Tredinnick. . In my opinion, Mr Tredinnick’s continued advocacy of unevidential complementary and alternative approaches renders him unsuitable … Continue reading

Inspection and funding of creationism in schools

Dear [MP], Thank you for your letter of 4 April 2014, and for the provision of the response, dated 24 April 2014, of Elizabeth Truss, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare. Regarding Ofqual‘s letter addressing the redaction of examination questions, this is not completely reassuring. Where this has occurred, is follow-up investigation underway … Continue reading

From: The Guardian

Easter’s fools

‘… we obviously spend a lot of time celebrating Christmas and thinking about Christmas, but actually, really, Easter in many ways is the one that counts. Even those of us who sometimes struggle with some parts of the message – the idea of resurrection, of a living God, of someone who’s still with us – … Continue reading

from: Leicester Mercury

April’s Fools

On April 1st, bumbling humbugger David Tredinnick rose on his pes planus to ask The Secretary of State for Health: ‘In his travels to the People’s Republic of China, what has my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State learned about the integration of western medicine with traditional Chinese medicine?’ Jeremy cHunt’s reply: ‘What I … Continue reading

Chief Medical Officer tells Tredinnick where he may as well stick homeopathy!

The transcript of oral evidence given during the fourth evidence session of the HoC Select Committee for Science and Technology’s inquiry into antimicrobial resistance is now available. Being of the concerned opinion that the membership of David Tredinnick is pejorative to the Committee, I was pleased to note that (it turned out) both witness panels … Continue reading

Tredinnick’s continuing abuse of his membership of the House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology

He just cannot help himself. During the fourth evidence session of the House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology’s inquiry into antimicrobial resistance last week, David Tredinnick, quoting a statistic from a source he had located in the HoC Library, deemed it relevant to ask (@ 09:55) the first witness panel: “Between 1994 … Continue reading


Is the House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology sufficiently rigorous?

To re-emphasise, the raison d’être of the House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology is: ‘… to ensure that Government policy and decision-making are based on good scientific and engineering advice and evidence.’ This week (Wednesday 26th February), the Committee holds the fourth evidence session of its ongoing inquiry into antimicrobial resistance. The … Continue reading

Cartoon news

So, I might try and convince (myself) that, during an odds-&-sods-ish week-or-two with much moving about, I decided to sit back, arms folded, and wait to see how reaction evolved. I occasionally watch The Big Questions (despite an instinctive aversion to its host) and had seen some of the program in er-hem question; and, wondering … Continue reading

More on the (un)acceptability of pseudoscience in Parliament

My letter stimulated by David Tredinnick’s inappropriate contributions to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry in to antimicrobial resistance was copied to the Chair of the Committee. I haven’t sought permission to reproduce his response, repeat reading of which increased its irksomeness, provoking the following (sent six days ago and as yet … Continue reading


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