Jimmy Kerr

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Jimmy Kerr was the 2010 Scottish Socialist Party Parliamentary candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire South.

Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response

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

No, but I would include money for some drug treatments too

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


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?

Yes, but in a controlled way, through the policymaking process. For example we don't want to see personality clashes creeping in, or worse realpolitik

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

No, the law has to take precedence. Religious courts can only ever be a choice.

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

Yes - for Pharmaceutical Medicines, but I do think that we rely too much on drug treatments

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


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

Yes - but I want to see the Lords abolished and an elected chamber put in place. I think there is room to have religious leaders a vote in a second chamber as they can be said to have a mandate, certainly far more than a completely unelected peer. we could easily make a religious vote democratic if we wanted to..

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

Yes- but I would like the Public Interest concept to be much clearer and much more widely incorporated into law, not just for Libel cases

Further Questions

A constituent asked Kerr a set of questions with some overlap with the Skeptical Voter questions and issues, covering areas including homeopthay, climate change, and drug policy. He posted Kerr's responses online.[1]


  1. http://questionpaisleyandrenfrewshiresouth.blogspot.com/

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