MP predicts astro-healthcare role
A Conservative MP has claimed that astrology could have "a role to play in healthcare".
David Tredinnick said astrology, along with complementary medicine, could take pressure off NHS doctors, but acknowledged that any attempt to spend taxpayers' money on consulting the stars would cause "a huge row".
He criticised the BBC and TV scientist Professor Brian Cox for taking a "dismissive" approach to the ancient art, and accused opponents of astrology of being "racially prejudiced".
The MP for Bosworth, in Leicestershire, who is a Capricorn, told Astrological Journal: " I do believe that astrology and complementary medicine would help take the huge pressure off doctors.
"Ninety per cent of pregnant French women use homeopathy. Astrology is a useful diagnostic tool enabling us to see strengths and weaknesses via the birth chart.
"And, yes, I have helped fellow MPs. I do foresee that one day astrology will have a role to play in healthcare."
Mr Tredinnick, 65, added: "Astrology offers self-understanding to people. People who oppose what I say are usually bullies who have never studied astrology.
" Astrology was until modern times part of the tradition of medicine ... People such as Professor Brian Cox, who called astrology 'rubbish', have simply not studied the subject.
"The BBC is quite dismissive of astrology and seeks to promote the science perspective and seems always keen to broadcast criticisms of astrology."
Opposition to astrology is driven by "superstition, ignorance and prejudice", he said. "It tends to be based on superstition, with scientists reacting emotionally, which is always a great irony.
"They are also ignorant, because they never study the subject and just say that it is all to do with what appears in the newspapers, which it is not, and they are deeply prejudiced, and racially prejudiced, which is troubling."