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The lunatic fringe

Politicians’ ignorance of science is disgraceful and dangerous

By Mark Henderson   July 2012

David King, former chief scientific adviser. Dorries and Tredinnick: a “hazy” grasp of the principles of science  

On the evening of 14th October 2009, David Tredinnick, the Conservative MP for Bosworth, got to his feet in the House of Commons to warn ministers of a serious threat to public health. “At certain phases of the moon there are more accidents,” he gravely informed the House. “Surgeons will not operate because blood clotting is not effective, and the police have to put more people on the streets.” He stopped just short of mentioning werewolves.

So convinced is Tredinnick of the political…

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