Marco Biagi

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Marco Biagi is the Scottish National Party MSP for Edinburgh Central. He was first elected in the 2011 general election.

Skeptical Voter Questionnaire

In March 2011, in the run-up to the Scottish Parliament general election, Mr Biagi was sent a copy of the Skeptical Voter Survey Questions[1]. His responses:

1. Should Homeopathy and other forms of complimentary and alternative medicine receive funding from the Scottish NHS?
Not unless proven using the same evidence-based procedures as any other treatment.
2. Scotland has declared itself GMO free – do you welcome this or do you worry it could have an impact on our world class life sciences research?
I do not believe that GM is necessary.
3. What would you propose as a “Scottish Solution” for funding our universities? Should we take similar steps regarding fees as England and Wales? Should we introduce a graduate tax? How can we ensure that Scotlands Universities continue to be world class?
No. Opportunity can't have a price tag. Graduate taxes are ineffective at raising revenue. Scotland's universities should remain publicly-funded institutions.
4. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?
5. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?
I think that depends on your strict criteria.
6. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive? What steps should policy makers take to evaluate claims and seek evidence?
Yes, with the caveat that counter-intuitive results need extra testing.
7. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?
This is more than just a scientific issue.
8. Do you support gay adoption? Do you believe certain adoption agencies should be able to reject individuals based on sexuality?
Yes and No. In that order.
9. Would you retain European Human rights legislation or seek to replace it if elected?
Retain. And possibly enhance.
10. What are your views on nuclear power and green energy?
No and Yes. In that order.
11. What public services would you retain/scrap in Scotland if elected?
I wouldn't scrap any of them.



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