Leader of the Liberal Democrats.
These are the answers which we judge Charles Kennedy would have given to the survey. Where appropriate, answers are accompanied by a rationale which explains why we believe this person would have given the answers we claim.
|New roads and railways should be built by private companies, not the government.|
|Services like health care, education and social security should be provided by the government, not by private enterprise.|
|Sometimes interest rates should be raised to reduce inflation, even if doing so would cause a large number of job losses.|
|Drivers should pay enough tax to cover the cost of environmental damage caused by motor transport, even if that would price some people off the roads.|
|The wealthy should pay a larger proportion of their income in tax than the poor.|
|The government should raise revenue by taxing consumption rather than income.|
|Overall, economic migrants bring benefits to our country.|
|The government should subsidise farmers so that they stay in business, even if it would be cheaper to buy food from abroad.|
|Smokers should be required to kick the habit before receiving medical care for smoking-related illnesses.|
|Everyone bears a moral responsibility for the actions of their government, even when they do not support them.|
|Anybody who wants top-quality health care should expect to have to pay for it.|
|The mix of minorities in public institutions should reflect their numbers in the general population.|
Kennedy is in favour of increasing the number of female Liberal Democrat MEPs and MEP candidates.
|Having individual local representatives is more important than electing parties in exact proportion to their support.|
|Officials like public prosecutors should be directly elected rather than chosen by the government.|
Liberal Democrat policy is to devolve power locally.
|For society to be cohesive, it is important that everyone shares a common language.|
|Legal protection for free expression creates more trouble than it's worth.|
|Nobody should go hungry, even if they refuse to work.|
|Some art should receive government funding.|
|Our nation has a glorious history.|
|A person's social status shouldn't depend on who their parents are.|
|We should offer sanctuary to anybody fleeing persecution.|
See, for instance, remarks in this speech
|There are some ethnic groups who can never be fully integrated into our society.|
|Everyone should stand up for the National Anthem.|
|Class distinctions should exist.|
|To protect society from drug abuse, narcotics must be banned.|
Kennedy has said that he does not regard those who smoke marijuana as "criminals", and calls for a Royal Commission on drugs.
|Alcohol is a more dangerous drug than marijuana.|
|Shared religious beliefs should be an important part of our society.|
|Family is more important than society.|
|Sometimes the only way to make a legitimate point of view heard is to break the law.|
|Our society needs more lawyers.|
|Some crimes are so serious that the only proper punishment is the death penalty.|
|Dealing with nuisance crimes like petty vandalism makes serious crime less likely.|
|Everyone should have the right to trial by jury.|
|It's more important to rehabilitate criminals than to punish them.|
|It is only acceptable to use proportionate force to defend your property from criminals.|
|Members of our society should be familiar with the history and traditions of our culture.|
|Overall, young people benefit from compulsory military service.|
|Schools should concentrate on training people for the workforce.|
|Schools should not teach children anything which contradicts their parents' religious faith.|
|Some people should not have access to the Internet.|
|Correct grammar is important.|
|Scientists bear no moral responsibility for how their discoveries are used.|
|Some technologies should never be used, whatever their benefits.|
|Some medical research would require so many animal experiments that it should not be done, whatever the benefits.|
|Religious faith should be based on the literal word of God.|
|There is a place for organised religion in government.|
|There are some sexual acts which are immoral, even between consenting adults.|
|It is immoral to be lazy.|
|It is never moral to break the law.|
|No woman should be allowed to have an abortion, whatever the circumstances.|
|National law should always override international agreements.|
|Sometimes civilians are a legitimate military target.|
Liberal Democrat policy is to retain Trident, until multilateral disarmament can be agreed; presumably Kennedy agrees with this.
|The people of this country have a very different character to those of our neighbours.|
|Aid projects abroad should always be funded by charities, not the taxpayer.|
|It's acceptable for a businessman to bribe a foreign official to complete a sale.|
|Our armed forces should intervene to stop genocide in other countries.|
|Our sense of right and wrong comes from religious faith.|
|Children should always obey their parents.|
|In the right circumstances, cutting taxes can increase government revenue.|
|Economic globalisation will increase inequality.|
|It's more important to make the poor richer than to decrease the gap between rich and poor.|
|There is a danger that some large corporations will become more powerful than governments.|
|Aggressive foreign policies can put a stop to international terrorism.|
|Drug abuse is a problem primarily because of its effects on drug users, not its effects on the rest of society.|
|The only way for some workers to achieve fair pay is through collective bargaining.|
Kennedy has called for constructive dialogue with the trades unions.
|Nobody should be sacked for going on strike.|
|Small businesses are more important to the economy than large corporations.|
|The government should act to stop companies paying executives excessive salaries.|
Liberal Democrat policy is to encourage shareholders to act against excessive salaries, rather than to use regulation to control it.
|Workers in the public sector should be paid as much as those doing similar jobs in private industry.|
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