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Tom Lines, Oxford West and Abingdon, Green Party


 

Website: www.greenoxford.com/tomlines.htm 
E-mail: tom.lines@greenoxford.com
 

 

 

 

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

 

Climate change.

 

 


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

I live in the constituency and the Green Party has the best policies for the future of the planet, social justice in Britain and worldwide, and peace.  Its very thoughtful, original, non-aggressive and inclusive way of doing politics is also a model to be followed. 

 

 


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

A good one!  In the Oxford part of the constituency (nearly half of the electorate), the Green Party came second in local elections last year with 25 per cent of the votes, winning two wards out of seven.  We beat the Tories and Labour into third and fourth places in nearly every ward.  Don't let the Lib Dems con you into thinking that if you don't vote for them the Tories will get back!  

 

 


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

Further understanding of Green policies and support for our campaigns.  

 

 


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

Tony Blair, closely followed by Michael Howard.  

 

 


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, the UK's declaration of war in 1939 was a necessary and noble act.  I had some sympathy with the intervention over Kosovo in 1999 because of Serbia's oppression of the Albanian majority there (I have worked in Serbia, Albania and Macedonia).  The attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq were totally unjustified and I protested strongly against them.  The war in Iraq is one of my main campaign themes - including the complicity of the sitting MP, the Lib Dems' Evan Harris, who with Charles Kennedy lent his "complete support" to the invasion while it was taking place.  

 

 


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

Let's start with the railways, hospital cleaning and school dinners. Ending all PFI and PPP schemes would be pretty good too.  

 

 


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

Dangerous nonsense as no one has yet found a satisfactory way to deal with nuclear waste, or to completely prevent meltdowns or Chernobyl-type disasters.  I have visited the scene of one of the world's worst nuclear accidents, which took place in Western Siberia in 1958, and it must not be repeated.  The answer lies in energy saving and a transfer to sustainable sources of energy.  Nuclear power could destroy the planet even more quickly than global warming.  

 

 


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?

Stop scapegoating travellers, asylum seekers and migrants.  Remove the restrictions imposed by the IMF, World Bank and WTO (and UK aid programmes, for that matter) on developing countries' freedom of policy-making, take action to restore their commodity export prices as well as cancel debts, and in that way move towards a more equal world in which state power does not break down and there are human opportunities available in all countries.  

 

 


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

What form or forms of transport do you use most often?  (The answer in my case is my feet, my bicycle, buses and trains.)

 

 

April 2005

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