Phil Clarke, Brighton KempTown, Socialist Party
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What do you think is the most important issue in this election?
Offering an alternative to the neo-liberal polices that all the three main
parties are putting across.
While they are argue about small differences they are united in their belief in
privatisation, and the introduction of market forces in all spheres, all of
which benefit big business over the needs of working people.
Why did you make the decision to stand in this constituency and for this party?
My local party branch selected me.
What kind of vote are you expecting on May 5th?
Very difficult to say and I wouldn’t really like to make a prediction. From
canvassing and campaign work I can see the obvious anger against New Labour and
careerist politicians generally, so we hope to make an impression.
Aside from the vote what are you hoping to get out of this campaign?
The main aim of our campaign is to raise socialist ideas and reach people who
will help fight for the interests of working people. Standing against Labour and
exposing their pro-business agenda is important is a new mass party based in and
around the trade unions is to emerge.
In your view what is the greatest threat to our civil liberties at the moment?
The ’War on terror’, Project for a new American century, ID Cards, Anti-asylum
seeker propaganda, unfortunately the list goes on.
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 those cases war certainly was not justified and imperialism of the sort we
saw in Iraq must be opposed and the warmongers brought to account. War cannot be
justified when waged by imperialist capitalist governments, and is very
difficult to justify under any circumstance.
There is very little left to privatise in this country, if you had your way what
would be brought into public hands?
To start with the privatised utilities water, electric, air traffic control
railways etc would be the obvious choices. The Socialist Party stand for the
taking in to public ownership the major 150 companies that control the economy,
the banks being the main targets for this. This would decisively break the
control of capitalism over our lives. On a more recent issue Rover should be
immediately be brought under public control.
Some environmental campaigners have started talking about nuclear power as a way
to bring down CO2 emissions - what do you think of this?
This is not a way forward to provide a solution to the environmental problems
brought about by the capitalist system. Real investment in publicly controlled
energy companies could put the environment before profit and really begin to
tackle climate change.
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?
Scrap the current unfair asylum laws and end this sucking up to the right wing
presses ungrounded calls against people fleeing persecution. A foreign policy
that rather than starting wars helped people organize in less developed
countries so they can end the reasons that force them to leave in the first
What question do you wish was on this list but doesn't appear?
How can we build a new mass party made up of and representing normal people and
putting need before profit.