Barney Crockett

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Barney Crockett was the 2011 Scottish Labour Party Scottish Parliamentary candidate for Aberdeen Donside and 2010 UK Parliamentary candidate for Gordon.

Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response 2010

I am receiving a blizzard of similar e-mails and replying to virtually none but I have made an exception because of the obvious importance of science to our future.

My answers are:

[1. Do you support the use of NHS money to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy?]

1 No

[2. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?]

2 No

[3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?]

3 No

[4. Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly?]

4 Depends

[5. Should religious courts such as Sharia and Beth Din be recognised as alternative systems within UK law?]

5 no

[6. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?]

6 Yes

[7. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive?]

7 No

[8. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?]

8 Yes

[9. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?]

9 Yes

[10. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?]

10 Yes

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