Hazel Dawe, Folkestone and Hythe, Green Party
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what do you think is the most important issue in this election?
Globally: Global Warming
Nationally: the illegality of our participation in the war on Iraq and the
deception practiced by the Government on both the people and Parliament.
Locally: Romney Marsh Wind farm and the sea front development planned for
why did you make the decision to stand in this constituency and for this party
(as an independent)?
Michael Howard needs to be challenged on the environment. Blair's record
is hopeless, Howard's is worse but not as well known.
what kind of vote are you expecting on May 5th?
High enough to ensure that whoever wins the seat cannot ignore Green issues.
aside from the vote what are you hoping to get out of this campaign?
Wide spread acceptance that the Wind Farm on Romney Marsh is beneficial
to everyone. A better designed and conceived development for Folkestone seafront
which harmonises with its surroundings instead of the current ugly 15 floor high
in your view what is the greatest threat to our civil liberties at the moment?
So-called anti-terrorist legislation which imprisons people without trial
for indefinite periods on the basis of evidence which no one has seen apart from
our unaccountable and apparently easily manipulated secret service and which the
'accused' has no opportunity to challenge or disprove because s/he is not
allowed to see the evidence.
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?
A war to defend ourselves is justifiable. War on other people's territory
should be exceptional but can occasionally be justified e.g. World War II.
However, the UN was founded after World War II to try and prevent us from
ever having to do that again. The UN should certainly be given every opportunity
to prevent conflict and the OSCE should be given more resources to enhance its
already considerable peacekeeping efforts in Europe.
There is very little left to privatise in this country, if you had your way what
would be brought into public hands?
Just about everything that has
been privatised starting with the railways. All utilities should be run for the
public good not for profit. Paying shareholder dividends diverts funds which
should rightfully be put into infrastructure investment. Hence our substandard
railway tracks, crumbling sewers and leaking water supply pipes. Water is part
of the Global Commons and should be available as of right to everyone.
Some environmental campaigners have started talking about nuclear power as a way
to bring down CO2 emissions - what do you think of this?
They are deluded. Energy conservation and more renewable energy is the
David Bellamy has said that nuclear is the answer "if the waste problem can be
solved". If the nuclear industry has not managed to solve it in the more than 50
years of its existence what makes him think they will solve it now? Radioactive
waste which needs to be stored for a quarter of a million years is not
sustainable. Why should future generations pay with their health and lives for
our comfort and convenience now?
Asylum and immigration will be central issues in this election. What action on
this issue would you like to see the next government push through?
Fairer, better informed more efficient decision making on asylum
applicaitons. This would include abolishing the White list of supposedly safe
countries and ensuring that decision makers have accurate unbiased information
on asylum seekers countries of origin.
What question do you wish was on this list but doesn't appear?
I think you have managed to ask the important ones. I hope your web site
gets lots of hits.