I e-mailed Paul Williams the ten questions on 7 April 2010, and received the following response later the same day.
- Many thanks for your very good questions. I would like to answer each one in turn.
Do you support the use of public funds to provide unproven alternative "treatments" such as homeopathy?
- The UK's public finances are in a very poor state. Many savings will have to be made after the election. Any funding for any unproven science would obviously be a low priority for the next government, who will need to take control of our public expenditure.
Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?
- Neither creationism nor evolution have been conclusively proved or 'settled'. My view is that schools should teach both and allow pupils to make up their own mind.
Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?
- The simple answer is no. Any belief whether religious, political or scientific should, in a free and democratic society, be subject to criticism ridicule or otherwise. A healthy country is one that allows robust and free speech.
Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly without fear of being sacked?
- Yes they should.
Should Sharia law be allowed as an alternative system within UK law?
- UK law should be supreme and accountable to the British people. UKIP believes that the British people should get along with each other within a liberal democracy and it is not for a small minority to impose their way of life on the majority.
Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?
- Whilst the UK remains part of the EU, this question unfortunately is irrelevant as animal testing and regulation of medicines are determined by EU law.
Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive?
- Again, as a lot of science comes under EU competence it's difficult to answer this properly, but my personal belief is that scientists should be treated the same as politicians with less trust and more scepticism.
Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?
- Abortion is a very important and emotive issue, therefore I believe that any discussion should be subjected to a free vote in Parliament thus allowing each and every MP to vote according to their own consciousness
Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?
- UKIP believes that democracy in this country is in serious disarray and wants to return meaningful power back to the people. It is UKIPs policy to reform the House of Lords by introducing elected Senators to form a 'House of Lords and Senators'.
Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?
- The UK's libel laws are being abused by so-called libel tourists and are in urgent need of reform. Public Interest should always come first.