News comes today, courtesy of the Leicester Mercury, that he has repayed the £755 he received for these claims. Though Tredinnick still defends this use of public money:
"There are, in my view, links between astrology and healthcare and this is held to be the case in India and other healthcare systems and that was what I was looking into."he told the Mercury:
"I thought, however, that to avoid any doubt about this claim that I would repay the money."Strange, you think he would have foreseen that this claim would cause him problems.
I later had fun with this story and some of Tredinnick's other wacky beliefs in a House Points column.
Writing on his blog Adventures in Nonsense, Simon Perry does not take the member for Bosworth so lightly:
Though it does not say so on the blog, I think this piece was originally one of Simon's columns for the Leicester Mercury. Clearly, he fancies himself as the Ben Goldacre of the East Midlands.
I find it unbelievable that a democratically-elected MP seems to be suggesting we should be looking into using astrology within our system of health care ...
Radionics is a system of healing where you take a sample of hair or blood, or even a signature and use it in what I can only describe as a kind of remote psychic healing machine.
It's the friendly but equally wacky equivalent of sticking pins into a voodoo doll. Yet it seems Mr Tredinnick is suggesting we should consider it within the NHS.