Bernadette Aston has responded to the 10-point Skeptical Voter questionnaire, which was sent to her by a constituent, along with two additional questions:
1. Do you support the use of public funds to provide unproven alternative "treatments" such as homeopathy?
Yes, not willy nilly!
2. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?
Students should be informed of both views.
3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?
4. Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly without fear of being sacked?
Yes, the advisor should be allowed to make his views known.
5. Should Sharia law be allowed as an alternative system within UK law?
6. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?
There are times when it must happen, but where ever possible alternatives should be chosen.
7. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive?
I believe that we are no where near as smart as we think! Remember Thalidomide? I would want a rethink in such cases.
8. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?
9. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?
Yes, they are the guardians of our morals.
10. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?
Not an area I am well read on.
11. Do you think that people who own B&Bs should be able to turn away guests if they do not agree with aspects of their lifestyle or appearance?
12. How can the UK deliver accessible, affordable, quality care to elderly people both in their own homes and in a care setting?
How much time have you got!! Maybe stop building aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines as well as getting the Welfare Society under control and spend the money on those really deserving it.