British New Labour government finances quackery, cuts back on science

This video from Britain says about itself:

Prince Charles ‘sells snake oil’ – Edzard Ernst on alternative medicine ‘dangerous’ to NHS

Edzard Ernst, expert on evidence based analysis of alternative medicine and author of ‘A Scientist in Wonderland’, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about the efficacies of such treatments, and whether recent government suggestions that they should be integrated into the NHS are such a good idea. He gave up a professorship in Vienna to move to Britain to study the subject because alternative medicine is a ‘paradise for any researcher’ because there are so many unanswered questions. He saw miraculous cures effected by homeopathy such as people getting out of wheelchairs, and says you have to question if it is down to homeopathy or to the placebo effect.

Another video from ITN TV in Britain used to say about itself:

Prince Charles accidentally revealed what he really thought about the press when he posed for pictures in the Swiss Alps with his two sons William and Harry. Not realising he could be heard he described reporters as “those bloody people” and a BBC journalist Nicholas Witchell as “awful”.

The British New Labour government, formerly of Tony Blair, now of Gordon Brown, cuts back on science.

To spend on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere? Definitely. But also on other things, as British daily The Guardian writes:

Quackery and superstition – available soon on the NHS

A sharp line has to be drawn between fact and fiction when it comes to spending public funds on alternative therapies

Polly Toynbee

Tuesday January 8, 2008

Put not your trust in princes, especially not princes who talk to plants. But that’s what the government has decided to do. The Department of Health has funded the Prince of Wales Foundation for Integrated Healthcare to set up the Natural Healthcare Council to regulate 12 alternative therapies, such as aromatherapy, reflexology and homeopathy.

Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee has a not so pretty history of uncritical support for the Blairite-Brownite administrations, Iraq war or no Iraq war.

Now, when she correctly criticizes them at least on this point, will she finally wake up to other points?

Following the wake of the Zicam issue, MSNBC published quite a smackdown of homeopathy as a whole, a rarely heard off thing to do in the world of mass media: here.

The NHS is wasting around £4 million a year to fund homeopathy, MPs have said: here.

Without any scientific proof of their effectiveness, homeopathic remedies are highly disputed in Europe. With budgets strained, politicians are questioning whether the alternative treatments should be covered by state insurance systems: here.

New Labour Secretary Peter Hain in financial scandal: here.

Mark Serwotka on New Labour: here.

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