Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response
[1. Do you support the use of NHS money to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy?]
1. The objection that people who have them hold is not that they wish to restrict others from homoeopathy but that they do not wish to pay for it. This objection is valid for any drug or treatment whatsoever in my view as I do not believe in coercion to fund public healthcare which soclialises the consequences and costs of a lifestyle choice without any financial counterpart on the individual who made them.
I support further private trials to test homoeopathy but stress that it only need have an effect greater than zero and not necessarily beat the placebo effect in order for it to be rationally justifiable.
[2. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?]
2. Yes. Education should not be something done by the state. The key is that we should subsidise the parents not the institutions as this gives the most representation and freedom. If parents don't like the policy, don't go there and schools will reflect the demand.
[3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?]
3. No. Nor should any other.
[4. Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly?]
[5. Should religious courts such as Sharia and Beth Din be recognised as alternative systems within UK law?]
5. No. Unless a significant majority wish it.
[6. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?]
6. In some cases. Again, I am in favour of information so that the individual can make a choice inkeeping with their personal morality. I am not in favour of coercion of companies to perform or refrain from experiments. I have faith that people would cause anything immoral to be a market failure through disuse.
[7. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive?]
7. There is too much policy making. If more freedom were allowed, individuals could make their own choices in accordance with their own thoughts and philosophies. Some are better able to rationalise than others and I don't support imposing the rational solution on the populus when it may cause individual emotional stress. Choice!
[8. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?]
8. This should be foremost and significant in the decision, but risk tolerance is more subjective so there should be some "human thought" to the matter.
[9. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?]
9. If they are a member of the Lords, yes. If not, no.
[10. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?]