DUNNELL, SHEFFIELD HEELEY, SOCIALIST PARTY
standing as SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE on the ballot
link / contact details for potential supporters
what do you think is the most important issue in this election?
The lack of political representation for ordinary working-class people. The main
parties all support the neo-liberal agenda. New Labour is now an openly
capitalist party. The working-class needs a new party to represent its
why did you make the decision to stand in this constituency and for this party
(as an independent)? The Socialist Party democratically discussed and decided at
branch, regional and then national level, that we should contest a seat in
Sheffield. We chose Heeley because Socialist Party has a record of standing in
one ward in Heeley for the last ten years, and we did not want to stand against
Respect in Central Sheffield (which would have been our preferred constituency
that we have contested before in a general election).
what kind of vote are you expecting on May 5th?
1-2%, 500-1000 votes.
aside from the vote what are you hoping to get out of this campaign?
Put across a socialist alternative to a much bigger audience. Give our many
newer and young members the experience of campaigning in a general election.
Find new members and supporters, who can then be involved in our ongoing
campaigns and activities, including local community campaigns and possibly
standing in more wards in Heeley in next years local council elections.
v. in your view what is the greatest threat to our civil liberties at the
The repressive police measures and govt legislation being pushed through under
the guise of the “war on terror”.
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?
Imperialist war can never be supported by socialists including under the guise
of the UN and/or “peacekeeping” forces. Socialist Party does support the right
of armed self-defense and resistance to imperialist occupation. But not
uncritically. As internationalists we have a duty to say which tactics and
methods we think advance the cause of resistance and the working class and which
are reactionary, divisive and counter-productive. As trades unionists and
socialists, we should support those working-class forces that seek to unite on
cross-ethnic non sectarian lines the opposition to US/UK imperialist occupation.
There is very little left to privatise in this country, if you had your way what
would be brought into public hands?
All the industries and services previously privatised should be returned to
public ownership. No compensation should be paid to fat-cat bosses. Compensation
should be available only in cases of proven need. Socialist Party also wants the
big corporations and banks to be nationalised so that a socialist government
could plan the economy through having control of the decisive sectors of the
economy. Medium and smaller businesses would not need to be taken over provided
that they met minimum standards in relation to wages, health, safety,
environment, workers’ rights, etc. Public ownership would have to be
democratically run through workers control and workers management, taking
account of the needs of the overall plan, the interests of the working-class as
a whole and the environment.
Some environmental campaigners have started talking about nuclear power as a way
to bring down CO2 emissions - what do you think of this?
I’m not an expert, but as long as we don’t know how to deal with nuclear waste
then this should be opposed. Certainly in the hands of capitalists there can be
no trust over health&safety or long term environmental issues. Instead it would
be much better to put public investment resources into a programme of energy
production from alternative, non-pollutant sources, such as solar, tidal and
wind. And a publicly funded, integrated public transport system would go a long
way in cutting emissions from cars etc.
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?
I wouldn’t trust the next government (Labour or Tory) with asylum and
immigration policy! A socialist policy would be to lift repressive measures
against asylum seekers and for them to have the same rights as British
nationals. Trade unions must recruit and organise immigrant and migrant workers
so as to prevent their exploitation and them being used to undermine all
workers’ rights and conditions, and so cut across prejudice and division. A
socialist government would adequately fund public services, build cheap
affordable housing and raise the minimum wage which would cut across a lot of
the fears of white British workers about them losing out.
What question do you wish was on this list but doesn't appear?
Do you think that public representatives who want to represent ordinary
working-class people should undertake to only accept the average workers wage?
YES. I have made that pledge. Only if you live the same lifestyle as the
majority of people you seek to represent, will you keep your feet on the ground
and stick to your socialist principles and policies.