Ralph Atkinson

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Ralph Atkinson was the UKIP candidate for Hastings and Rye in the 2015 general election, and for Croydon Central the 2010 general election.

Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response 2010

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

1. I am for more research into alternative medicine such as acupuncture, Veddic herbalism and homeopathy but would need to see some convincing results before supporting committing NHS funds - That said I think the NHS should be run by medical people and not politicians like myself or quangocrats.

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

2. UKIP believes schools should be independent and run by their Head Teachers and boards of governors. We are pro the National Curriculum as a guide. I have no personal objection to creationism being taught per se as part of RE providing Darwinian theory is offered at the same time as an alternative. I don't think Creationism can reasonably be taught in Science.

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

3. No. The whole point of faith is you hold certain values and beliefs in the face of potential criticism. Moreover, we would have to defend every faith and every schism equally, from each other, an almost impossible task. Also the current child abuse scandal in Ireland shows what a refusal to criticise even internally can lead to.

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

4. Yes they should - providing they step down as a government advisor first.

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

5. No. The principle of one law and one system of justice for all must be upheld.

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

6. Unfortunately yes it is. However I would not license it whenever there was a vialble alternative and I want it phased out as soon as possible. I am opposed to it for any other purpose.

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

7. I would like to be able to say yes to this. I cannot. Scientists differ, a theory may take time to prove. Also scientists are sometimes encouraged to produce the results their funding paymasters want.

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

8. The the current scientific and medical consensus should primarily decide it but moral and public opinion should be taken into account.

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

9. I would prefer an elected House of Lords in which religeous leaders or anyone else could take part if elected. In the meantime having the odd Bishop take part is no dafter than appointing Lord Mandlesson.

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

10. Yes, I would like to see the law altered to allow more freedom of speech.

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