Astrological Predictions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 3rd June 1942.

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Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

asked the Minister of Information whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that astrologers are predicting that Germany is on the verge of collapse; and whether he will stop astrological predictions about the war in order to counteract the risk that addicts of astrology will relax their efforts?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

Astrologers seem to have the misfortune to be perpetually in conflict. And as no sensible person takes their predictions seriously, I cannot ask our overworked censors to meddle in their mysteries.

Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

Has the Minister seen the recent statement in the "People" that, owing to the conjunction of the stars, no invasion of this country can ever take place, and is he aware that a great many people do treat such statements very seriously indeed and direct their actions accordingly?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

Yes, but I must point out that some other papers' astrologists have probably said that England can be invaded. As Hitler is known to dabble in astrology, may it not be that certain articles are written for him?

Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

Is there any reason why Hitler should have a monopoly of astrology?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Is the Minister aware that one astrologer last Sunday predicted a Government crisis this month? Is there any truth in that?