Michael Gove is the only politician on my Golden Duck shortlist.
However, there are a handful of other candidates who could be considered equally worthy.
Take David Tredinnick, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare, who regularly addresses parliament in favour of supertitious unproven or disproven nonsense, such as ancient astrology, chiropractic, herbal medicine and homeopathy. He has suggested that criticising astrology could be insulting to Muslims in his constituency. He has argued that homeopathy had been shown to be effective against childhood diarrhoea. And yes, he really did say…
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.
Take Peter Hain – one of the celebrity homeopathy supporters allowing the BHA to sidestep advertising guidelines. Hain allowed £200,000 to be spent on a badly designed and badly reported trial allowing GPs to refer patients for acupuncture, homeopathy and massage therapies. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the College of Medicine (the alternative medicine lobby group which replaced the Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health – see fellow nominees Dr Michael Dixon and Charles, Prince of Wales).
And let’s not forget Cameron, Lansley and Hunt (the Minister for Magic, according to New Scientist). They love the NHS so much they’ve been cutting it up into little pieces and giving it to their friends, a development which has seen quacks rubbing their hands with glee.
And what about the Green Party, who would rather remain in happy ignorance than properly consider the facts (whether this concerns GM crops, nuclear power or homeopathy)? Indeed, new leader Natalie Bennett was positively chirpy when discussing homeopathy on the Pod Delusion recently, apparently unaware that she was demonstrating an utter lack of understanding as to how randomised controlled trials work.
Should you wish to nominate any (or all) of them yourself, the closing date is October 1st.