'Luddite' was the word used by Prof Nutt about the decision to sack him. This is hardly fair. After all the Luddites were ignorant and they had not been elected to run the country. Unlike our Government and Opposition spokespeople they had an excuse.
Science has never had its rightful place in parliament. A fine example was quoted by Ben Goldacre today in the Guardian. It was a comment by Bosworth MP David Tredinnick, He recently said,"In 2001, I raised in the house the influence of the moon, on the basis of the evidence then that at certain phases of the moon there are more accidents. Surgeons will not operate because blood clotting is not effective and the police have to put more people on the street."
Any attempts to challenge Tredinnick's ideas are based, he explains, on "superstition, ignorance and prejudice" by scientists who are "deeply prejudiced, and racially prejudiced, too, which is troubling."
He memorably suggested using alternative medicine to end the foot and mouth epidemic. His fellow Tories cast their eyes to heaven when he offers his 'medicine'. This week he asked me to sign an EDM. I refused because it is foolish and politically inept. Undeterred he raised his crusade on Thursday at Business Questions.
The area confined to use by MPs and their guests in the Commons Terrace cafeteria has recently been reduced. It was often underused while non-MPs were crowded into an adjacent area. Sensibly the space allocated to MPs has been reduced to benefit non-members. MPs grabbing more living space on top of the expenses scandal would not be welcomed by our voters.
Nor will his dingbat ideas on conducting surgical operations on the phases of the moon. I am falling into the first stages of despair on this irrational anti-scientific parliament.
Not until today did I find out the reason why they were so keen on so many elections. The Newport based Chartist group Accent has reproduced Chartist membership cards. In quaint but persuasive language they argued for 'ANNUAL PARLIAMENTS: thus presenting the most effectual check to bribery and intimidation, since though a constituency might be bought once in seven years (even with a ballot), no purse could buy a constituency (under a system of universal suffrage) in each ensuing twelve-month, and since members, when elected for a year only, would not be able to defy and betray their constituents as now.'
They had not reckoned with a 'purse' as deep as Lord Ashcroft's. Another day-long day devoted to honouring the Chartists at Newport Riverfront theatre were roused by the inspired singing of Cor Cochion Caerdydd. Cardiff Reds Choir described themselves as revolutionaries. They have revived many old Chartist and Socialist Songs that have not been heard for generations.
The indefatigable Ray Davies was in splendid voice. Not bad for a 78 year old.
The dangerous gap in the railing in the new Kingsway Park has been blocked.
Thanks to my constituent Mrs Rowe, who reported the omission and car park manger Mr Hines who promptly corrected the problem.