what do you think is the most important issue in
Peace. No more wars.
why did you make the decision to stand in this
constituency and for this party (as an
I have been a Green member since 1988 and
have stood in Braintree for the Greens at each
election since 1992. Its one of the most
marginal Tory/Lab seats in the UK but the Green
vote doubled in 2001. In Braintree District
(slightly bigger than the constituency) around
4,500 people voted Green at the 2001 county
what kind of vote are you expecting on May 5th?
It would be good to break the 2,000 level and
save our deposit.
aside from the vote what are you hoping to get
out of this campaign? More members, more
supporters and progress on building support for
specific policies such as opposition to more
major roads through the countryside and support
for our anti-war stance (the local Labour MP
supports the war).
in your view what is the greatest threat to our
civil liberties at the moment?
The dangerous combination of media and
Government working together to spread excessive
fear of "threats" and use this to bring in even
more draconian laws. The real threat to people
comes from climate change and war.
Blair has taken us to war three times since
coming to power (not including the occasional ad
hoc bombing raid) in the Balkans, Afghanistan
and Iraq. Can war ever be justified?
Only in the most extreme circumstances of
self-defence as a last resort. Blair and Bush
started the Iraq war on blatant lies and should
face the courts for war crimes.
There is very little left to privatise in this
country, if you had your way what would be
brought into public hands?
The railways, water companies, air
traffic control and health service cleaning.
Some environmental campaigners have started
talking about nuclear power as a way to bring
down CO2 emissions - what do you think of this?
Its stupid. Even after 50 years of the
nuclear industry, they don't know what to do
with the waste. If successive Governments
(including this one) had put the £ billions they
have sunk into propping up nuclear into
renewables we would have had a more advanced and
greener energy network by now. The future is
wind, solar and conservation.
Asylum and immigration will be central issues in
What action on this issue would you like to see
the next government push through?
Ensure UK position as safe haven for
refugees. Reduce causes of economic and forced
migration by working for peace, ending arms
trade and increaing UK aid to poor countries.
What question do you wish was on this list but
"In the year 2100, what do you think the
world will be like on current trends ?"