what do you think is the most important issue in this election?
Answer I believe the most important single issue is (or should be) the threat
of climate change
why did you make the decision to stand in this constituency and for this party
(as an independent)?
Answer The Green Party has stood in local and other elections in this
constituency for a number of years, gaining a rising and above average vote. I
have been a member of the Green Party for around 20 years
what kind of vote are you expecting on May 5th?
Answer 5% plus of the vote; I also consider I have a chance of pushing the
Tories into 4th place
aside from the vote what are you hoping to get out of this campaign?
Answer Increasing public awareness of the issues and policies we believe are
important, plus pressure on other parties.
in your view what is the greatest threat to our civil liberties at the moment?
Answer The growing range of measures being pushed though under the guise of
'the war against terror' by increasingly authoritarian home secretaries
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?
Answer Only in extreme circumstances (e.g. World War 2); I opposed the three
wars mentioned above, and want to see a timetable for withdrawal of British
troops from Iraq as soon as possible
There is very little left to privatise in this country, if you had your way what
would be brought into public hands.
Answer: The rail system for one thing; also we want to see the National
Health service restored to the principles on which it was founded; we are
completely opposed to PFI and the privatisation by stealth of a range of public
services including education and council housing.
Some environmental campaigners have started talking about nuclear power as a way
to bring down CO2 emissions - what do you think of this?
Answer: Nuclear power is a very poor solution to the threat of climate change
and of course brings its own problems. The vast majority of
environmental scientists and campaigners share this view. The right solutions
to climate change are tackling excessive consumption of energy and developing
renewables such as solar.
Asylum and immigration will be central issues in this election. What action on
this issue would you like to see the next government push
Answer: The next government must stand up to the racist scaremongering of
elements of the press, and fairly treat those fleeing persecution. It must also
address the international causes of asylum seeking such as war and environmental
What question do you wish was on this list but doesn't appear?
Answer: What would you do to achieve international social justice? (reason - I
do not feel there is sufficient international dimension in the
My answer to the question would be: We need to change the international trading
system from one that promotes so-called 'free trade' (which in truth distorts in
favour of the rich) to one that promotes fair trade; also we need to increase
aid, reduce debt of poorest countries and promote greater equity across the
world now and across generations.
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