Wednesday, 5 September 2012

One Simple Reason Why Jeremy Hunt Should Not Get To Be Health Secretary

And surprisingly, it's not his appalling behaviour over the BSkyB fiasco, or even the fact that he proudly believes that homoeopathy works.

Am I above using embarrassing photos to make fun of somebody awful?
Apparently not. 

It's this little line:

"Jeremy Hunt voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 12 weeks against scientific and medical consensus."

Now, there are two parts to this, which make up two reasons, but only one of them is incontrovertible proof that he ought not to be in charge of healthcare.

The first part is "Jeremy Hunt voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 12 weeks". If you ask me, no one who is anti-choice or who wants to restrict abortion access even a little bit, let alone halve the current limit, should get to be in charge of anything (abortions for anyone who wants one, I say). But you know, it was a free vote and that's an opinion. The undeniable proof that he is not able to be the Health Minister is the second part:

"against scientific and medical consensus."

Against scientific and medical consensus. That means that this man ignored the advice of medical experts because he valued his own beliefs and preconceptions more highly than facts. Does that sound like a man who you want to be in charge of the NHS? No. His belief in the effectiveness of homoeopathy is another example of ignoring facts and evidence in favour of bolstering his own opinions. 

People who prefer to believe things that are proven untrue than listen to scientific truths and the advice of medical experts should not get to run health services. The End.

Note: I am not particularly anti-Tory. I am pretty unbiased because I do not have a party affiliation, or particularly strong views for or against any of the three main parties at this point. I am disappointed and cynical about all of them. But I am certainly anti-bigotry, anti-regressiveness and anti-ignorance in all their many varied and insidious forms, and this man seems to me like someone who is bigoted, regressive, and wilfully ignorant. Sadly, this seems to be true of very many politicians. Ew.

1 comment:

  1. You are absolutely right on this. This disqualifies him from public position.