Patrick Mountain

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Patrick Mountain was the 2010 Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for Louth and Horncastle.

Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response

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

Not unproven, but there are some therapies that are unconventional but are proven to work eg acupuncture. If it works then yes.

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

No way.

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

Can anything be protected forom riducule? Where is the line between comedy & riducule. A very hard one.

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 they should expect to take the consequences when orderly decision making is disrupted.

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

No

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

Under strictly comntroled regulation when there is no true alternative. Silly regulations demanding it to be repeated were wrong.

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

Science once said that the earth was flat & the sun revolved around the earth, odours caused disease & letting blood was good for you. We moved on but all would have been argued about. Proof is needed clear evidence.

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

Yes, If based on evidence

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

No, but there again I believe that the house of lords should become a fully elected chamber. It a religious leader were elected then Yes

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

Dont understand, please expand

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