Candidate Survey 2010
On 8th April 2010 Paul Reynolds was sent the Candidate Survey, seeking his views on key issues and to understand his level of commitment to evidence-based policy-making. His response, the same day, was as follows:
- "I broadly agree with your position (implied) on all of these questions, although I would put a few more caveats on some of them. For example, the use of religious tenets as part of a broadening of the role of consensual mediation & conciliation in civil disputes and private law, in the legal system, is potentially desirable, and some further restrictions on cruelty to animals is desirable in scientific experimentation., in my view. It seems that reforms in phramaceutical approvals and regulation are necessary following valid criticisms of NICE, and a review of the approval of so called homeopathic treatments should be undertaken as part of those reforms. The key word you use is 'unproven' and I accept your implied point here.
- "I agree that scientific advice should be just that, and I am dead against 'the scientific conclusions being fixed around the policy, to misquote the infamous 'Downing St memo'.
- "I believe that creationism and intelligent design should not be taught as scientific theories, which they are not, but I do believe it is important to teach children and students sympathetically about the world's main religions, the history of those religions based on archaeological evidence and history, and the roles that religions and non-religious beliefs (eg Bhuddism, Atheism, early Gnosticism) have played in society in the past, and indeed today - those children which attend church, mosques, synagogues and temples generally have these educational aspects excluded from their teachings.
- "Moreover, I believe it is very important indeed to teach the principles of scientific methods, uncertainty and logical thinking from a very early age - from Primary School age. This in effect is starting to teach how to learn and think from a very young age. Where this is practiced, peace and prosperity tend to prevail."