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David Jardine,  Ross, Skye and Lochaber,  Scottish Green Party


link / contact details for potential supporters   

david.jardine@scottishgreens.org.uk

David Jardine c/o Scottish Green Party, 3 Lyne St, Edinburgh, EH7 5DN



i.
what do you think is the most important issue in this election?

The war on Iraq is the most important immediate issue in this election because the people who did it are still in power and we have had no assurance that they will not do it (or similar) again. Climate change is ongoing and more important still.

ii.
why did you make the decision to stand in this constituency and for this party (as an independent)?

I live here (Black Isle, in Ross, Skye and Lochaber) and I am a long-term member of the Green Party. The decision to stand, in itself, was because of the need for anti-war candidates to make their voices heard and to remind the electorate of Labour's huge failing in siding with the United States in the  illegal, anti-democratic and unnecessary war on Iraq.

iii.
what kind of vote are you expecting on May 5th?

A good one.

iv.
aside from the vote what are you hoping to get out of this campaign?

Weight loss - at least 7lbs, perhaps a stone.

v.
in your view what is the greatest threat to our civil liberties at the moment?   

Nouveau Fascism and Identity Cards.

vi.
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?

Yes, but only as a last resort and the means must be proportional to the ends. A massive conventional military attack on a civilian target or a nuclear attack on any target would rarely, if ever, by morally justified. Protagonists are, anyway, required by the laws of war to minimise casualties, especially civilian casualties. And killing people to liberate them is just plain stupid. 

vii.
There is very little left to privatise in this country, if you had your way what would be brought into public hands.

The railways - to make them work again.

viii.
Some environmental campaigners have started talking about nuclear power as a way to bring down CO2 emissions - what do you think of this?

Are they environmental campaigners? They obviously haven't done their sums. For a so-called non-fossil fuel power source, nuclear creates quite a lot of carbon dioxide (in construction - cement production is one of the worst carbon polluters - and suchlike). Remember Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island ... and Windscale.

ix.
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?

Tackle asylum at source. Why do we have friendly, co-operative relations with countries from which people have to flee for their lives? Some international arm twisting could be useful. The next government could also promote inaction, i.e. a relaxed attitude to immigration.

   

x.
What question do you wish was on this list but doesn't appear?

This  one - should international disputes be resolved by the United Nations or should the biggest power (the US) be allowed to intervene in the affairs of other nations at will? And the questions that flow from that.

 

2005

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