Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response
1. Do you support the use of public funds to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy?
2. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?
3. Do you believe the UK should move to an opt out, rather than an opt in, organ donation system?
4. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?
Yes. Liberal Democrats support a reduction in animal testing but we believe there is still at present a need for use of animal experiments in medical research.
5. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?
Creationism is not a scientific theory and cannot be taught as an equivalent to evolution, which is. Alternative worldviews can be appropriately explored through religious education.
6. Should religious courts such as Sharia and Beth Din be recognised as alternative systems within UK law?
It is an important principle that everyone is subject equally to UK law. There should be no alternative to this. Individuals are obviously free to opt in to arbitration procedures , but this remains subject to UK law.
7. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?
No, we believe free speech should not be limited simply because someone might be offended.
8. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?
Liberal Democrats believe that all members of the House of Lords should be elected. We would remove the current seats reserved for Bishops.
9. 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. In order to stop any Government from bullying or mistreating advisers and distorting the evidence or statistics, we will amend the ministerial code to protect the independence of scientific advisers.
10. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive?
As with any evidence-we should examine it critically
11. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?
Yes. We would reform of the English and Welsh libel laws to include a requirement for corporations to show damage and prove malice or recklessness, and by providing a robust responsible journalism defence (commonly known as the "Reynolds defence")