David Kirwan

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David Kirwan was an independent 2010 Parliamentary candidate for Wirral West.

Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response

1. Do you support the use of NHS money to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy? [DSK] To a very limited extent research should be made as there is little doubt at all that in terms of medicines ancient man's use of plant extracts etc was as beneficial as many modern medicines whose chemical content is often based thereon.

2. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution? [DSK] Most defiantly not. If you do that you may as well allow schools to teach the 'Flat Earth theory as an alternative. Whilst not a fan of Professor Dawkins extreme version of Darwin's evolution 'theories' (no perhaps that is the wrong word....the evidence is prepondently in favour of such) it would utterly confuse young children to teach them about creationism. Sadly more than 24% of people in this Country and as many as 45% in some other countries cling on to the creationist belief which is quite ridiculous. I personally believe that religion in terms of the intervention at the creation of the universe 15 billion years ago fits in quite comfortable with evolution thereafter.

3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule? [DSK] No not at all. I do however draw the line at any conduct that amounts to harassment and worse.

4. Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly? [DSK] Most certainly. The whole point of democracy is freedom of speech and ability to be a dissenter. The latter gave rise to the rich character of the Christian Church in the Western World particularly in this Country with Methodism and Presbyterianism etc.

5. Should religious courts such as Sharia and Beth Din be recognised as alternative systems within UK law? [DSK] Most certainly not and I speak with some authority on the subject as a Jew.

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

7. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive? [DSK] No and that is the whole problem today with so called 'Global warming' and the debate surrounding the same. A degree of scepticism is essential in life. That is how science itself has evolved i.e. by scientists and great thinkers questioning prevailing theories and opinion.

8. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus? [DSK] Not entirely. We are dealing here with human life and there must be a humanistic input into such a life & death decision. There has to be public debate.

9. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords? [DSK] Yes. They represent large sections of the community. This has been a Christian country for a thousand years or more. I am firmly against the disestablishment of the Church of England. Religion has a large part to play in our lives particularly in maintaining the basis of morality and hopefully also tolerance. Thus it follows that the Bishops and leaders of other minority Churches such as Judaism & Muslim should be represented but not every other fringe Church for otherwise we will have a House of Lords overwhelmed with cranks and there are enough of them in the House already.. I was particularly interested and indeed saddened to read in the Press recently that it was beholden to a Muslim Leader to rebuke the Government and Society in this Country for allowing the current attacks on Christian faith. That puts us in this Country to absolute shame.

10. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence? [DSK] Yes. I am a lawyer please note.

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