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Paul Miller, Regent's Park and Kensington North, Green Party
 



 link / contact details for potential supporters
www.wcl.greenparty.org.uk
 
 
 i.
 what do you think is the most important issue in  this election?

Just one? In my opinion, Climate Change, since we have so little time left to prevent catastrophe. But the public don't think so, which is a disgraceful abdication of responsibility on the part of our current crop of Westminster MPs.

But also the war in Iraq, the privatisation of public services and an unfair voting system.
 
 ii.
 why did you make the decision to stand in this  constituency and for this  party (as an independent)?

To win and to be a Green thorn in the side of the establishment at Westminster (since we can't form a government just yet).

Also, to use it as a platform to publicise Green ideas of how society can be, how Britain can be, and how the world can be - fairer, more equal, and less polluted.

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

I should save my deposit, but I might do even better.
 
 iv.
 aside from the vote what are you hoping to get out of this campaign?
 
New members and many ideas planted in many minds.
 
 v.
 in your view what is the greatest threat to our  civil liberties at the moment?

The 'War on terror' and all that comes from that, e.g. ID cards and control orders. Also, ASBOs for simply protesting, and a corporate press.
 
 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?

In self defence, of course. Resisting the Nazis, for example. 
 
 vii.
 There is very little left to privatise in this country, if you had your way what would be brought into public hands?

Initially the railways and the buses. Water 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?

Ah yes, Lovelock's ideas. It's true, we need to act immediately and radically to prevent a catastrophe, by why not put all that money into renewables and energy conservation instead, both here and abroad? Meanwhile we can work to introduce Contraction & Convergence as the only fair, long-term solution to the climate crisis.
 
 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?

To honour ourobligation to those fleeing from torture and persecution under the 1951 UN Convention. In the UK, Greens would commit
extra resources to the initial decision-making process to foster a fair and civilised system. Moreover, our opposition to arms sales and commitment to fair trade practice will help to build the global environment in which human beings do not feel compelled to leave their country
of origin for nontrivial economic reasons.

 
 x.
 What question do you wish was on this list but doesn't appear?
 
Proportional representation to replace FPTP for all elections. Strangely, because the Tories may get wiped out again, they might adopt this as a policy soon. They're very strong in a few areas, whereas Labour's support is spread, so they get far more seats with not much more of an overall percentage of the vote. The Lib Dems should really be banging on about this, but they aren't. 
 

2005

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