John Spademan

From SkepticalVoter
Jump to: navigation, search

John Spademan was the 2010 Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for Witham.

Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response

Dear Skeptical Voter,

As a committed Christian these questions appear to initially be a bit challenging. I have attempted to keep to the point, but it is difficult to give brief answers to some of these questions.

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

I have always had strong concerns about homeopathy. I would expect to see evidence to justify any expenditure.

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

I don't think they can be taught as equal. As a Christian who went to a comprehensive school when I learnt about Science and Biblical teaching they were both taught to challenge the other. Are schools going back to teaching creationism?

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

No I think that would be a move too far. I believe in freedom of speech unless it is inciteful, over demeaning, libellous or racist. Hopefully I've covered all the caveats.

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

I think experts should continue to be able to air their views publicly even if in conflict with government.

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

I think that as long as the UK Common Law and Secular Law remains as superior to both of the religious laws. The limited use of family issues through the Islamic Sharia and Jewish Beth Din could continue; if there become points for concern then restrictions should be considered.

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

Only when every other option has been used and there is no other option left available. I hope soon I will be able to say 'NO' to this question, but feel unable yet to.

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

Scientific evidence needs to always be 'trust worthy'. Sometime like with the MMR issue only one Doctor against and tens of thousands were for, but public opinion was 50/50. Policy-makers have to take people with them and sometime that may appear counter-intuitive.

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

I think that is where the determination starts and then with consideration of the Moral and Social implications.

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

As a Committed Christian I still believe in the disestablishing the State from the Church. I agree with fully elected upper chamber.

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

Yes I think changes are needed. Rich people and companies can abuse the system while the rest of us can't rightly access redress.

May your household be blessed,

John Spademan

External Links