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what do you think is the most important
issue in this election?
Global trends in the capitalistisation
of society, consumption, and the individualisation of communities
why did you make the
decision to stand in this constituency and for this party (as an
ecology (the links between living organisms, including humans; and their
environment, including the earth's biosphere) is so crucial, and ensuring
that we live sustainably - i.e. that we survive - is a, if not the, most
fundamental instinct; if people are searching for meaning then learning to
survive and live sustainbly would be a good start.
what kind of vote are you expecting on May
good one - I hope! I'm looking to save my deposit, to break that mark, and
beat at least one of the capitalist parties. It is a platform to win some
council seats next year in the Borough Council Election (where I and other
candidates came second).
aside from the vote what are you hoping to
get out of this campaign?
raise the Green profile in the area, to demonstrate to people the principles
of ecologism, and put those principles into the context of their everyday
lives, as well as promoting to them issues beyond what they THINK affects
them, and to show how each of us has a massive impact.
in your view what is the greatest threat to
our civil liberties at the moment?
At first glance ID cards, and
cultural constraints; but on closer examination, the real threats are: mass
consumerism; disproportional resource usage in the west; ever-increasing
resource-usage in the 'developing' countries; the huge ecological footprint
we each have on our biosphere; and the social and economic repercussions
that all of the above cause - we are all either perpetrators of 'lives that
cause environmental, social, and economic degredation', or victims of the
same, or often both.
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?
is contextual. If you attacked me I would defend myself; what's right and
wrong is merely within a given context, and in relation to a given
timescale... so it depends what your values are and what the timescales.
For me, I consider that what is good and bad is relational, and there is no
'perfect pathway' in life. My, and I hope 'our', aim in life is survival =
sustainable living, enjoyment, socialisation - the things that we
instinctively seek. That is personal, and our instincts motivate us to
violence etc,, that is natural; however, co-operation, symbiosis, and
collaboration are also natural and instinctive, and as we evolve humans have
adopted these pathways to our collective benefit. Thus, when decisions are
taken on a collective, national, or global scale; of course what's best for
us collectively is not large-scale warfare! To sum up, I wouldn't say that
violence and warfare (and intervention to stop violence and genocide) is
always unjustified when it happens, however, I think it is always avoidable
before it happens, and we need that foresight to prevent its occurence on
such a scale as we have seen. Every example given was avoidable, even up to
a short while before the 'wars' commenced.
There is very little left to privatise in
this country, if you had your way what would be brought into public hands?
The national bus network that has lost 3/4
or more of its passengers since the National Bus Company was privatised and
rural bus routes left to be generally fed to the privateer wolves by
Thatcher in the 1980s; together with the railways and the inter-british
isles ferry services, we should have a properly integrated public transport
system. The last remaining pager companies (pagers - which for technical
reasons are relied on by the emergency services, coastguards, doctors, nhs, and
rail workers - yet all but two of the pager companies have closed causing
massive problems for former users). Also, the energy industry, the telecoms
industry, and the air industry, and the freight industry so that movement of
goods was carried out in the most practical and efficient way for everyone.
I propose these as opposed to the current, multi-instant, inefficient,
duplicative, and wasteful, short-term private industries - which
characterises the industries listed above.
campaigners have started talking about nuclear power as a way to bring down
CO2 emissions - what do you think of this?
Environmentally, nuclear power is a terrible thing, pollution-wise the
proponents of nuclear power have ignored the massive problem of persistent
Further, economically, nuclear power would cost the same (based on the
provision of 20% of the UKs current fuel requirements) to supply as for a
mixture of 50-50 offshore/onshore wind power, which is quite feasible.
Additionally, these estimated costs don't
take into account the massive costs, and dangers, and pollution, from
decommissioning, and radioactive waste disposal, nor the damage in mining
the raw radioactive materials (often in Africa), nor the transportation of
All-in-all, both costs-wise, healthwise,
and risk-wise, a combination of wind (offshore and onshore) wave, solar
power, and point-of-source power-production (i.e. for each premises) would
be far better, and achievable - but achievable only if we radically reduce
our power consumption, and use energy as the precious and polluting
commodity that it is.
Every form of energy has its problems,
including biofuels (they don't reduce the need for roads, they still
pollute, and they require massive amounts of crop growth and water, and
encourage car-culture - the damage of which extends far beyond CO2
We mustn't think just in terms of CO2 emissions, nuclear powers is
expensive, dangerous, unhealthy, unsustainable, and is no quick fix - there
isn't one in fact. We shouldn't be using nuclear power to satisfy our greed
- we must do something harder - radically change each of our lifestyles,
including our power consumption, and then meet the remainder from safer, and
more localised sources.
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?
in Britain are being fed sheer lies and propaganda by the mainstream press;
there is not a massive asylum problem in Britain, in fact, no-one takes heed
of the number of British people, or companies, that leave Britain each year,
and the amount of land we own in the same countries asylum seekers and
economic migrants come from. Indeed, we each save hundreds of pounds each
year from the cheap (stolen) food we buy grown in these same countries,
where people are paid but a pittance, and where land is destroyed by British
companies, and left for dead or as desert, whilst the companies move on to
farm or mine new land elsewhere. We are blind to all this. We shouldn't be,
because it is this capitalism that causes the asylum seeking. We should be
matching skills-shortages in the UK with those economic migrants and
refugees who have, or are willing and able to obtain, those skills.
What question do you wish was on this list
but doesn't appear?
there a viable and realistic alternative to the capitalist system - and
where and how is it going to present itself as more than just a fringe