Pete McAskie, Tottenham, Green Party
link / contact details for potential supporters
Tel 020 8881 9300
what do you think is the most important issue in this election?
why did you make the decision to stand in this constituency and for this party
(as an independent)?
I lived for 16 years in Tottenham, I care very much about it, it needs
more than it gets.
I have considered the environment to be the most important issue facing
humanity all my adult life & I have regarded myself as a socialist all my adult
what kind of vote are you expecting on May 5th?
Not to win
aside from the vote what are you hoping to get out of this campaign?
To give people the chance to vote Green & to make that statement, thus
alerting other parties to the importance of Green policies. Check out
www.greenparty.org.uk If more people
voted for what they really believe in Britain would be a much better place.
in your view what is the greatest threat to our civil liberties at the moment?
Blair's friendship with Bush & their prioritising of a global corporate
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 extreme cases of self defence when diplomacy has been tried and
failed. In virtually all cases where an injustice has been suffered there is a
better, if slower, way than war. Sadam was atrocious but I'm sure the quality of
life for the majority of Iraqis was better when he was in power than it has
been since. Daily rates of violent death were certainly much lower.
There is very little left to privatise in this country, if you had your way what
would be brought into public hands?
The railways. PFI schemes. Things which work better as monopolies
generally, eg the utilities.
Some environmental campaigners have started talking about nuclear power as a way
to bring down CO2 emissions - what do you think of this?
We can avoid global warming without it, although it won't be easy.
Nuclear power could be an easy short cut but a disastrous one. How many
generations of our descendants will be obliged to manage, suffer from & pay for
our waste? How many melt downs are acceptable? None. What o the consequences or
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 tackle the root cause- global inequality. To allocate at least 1% of
UK Gross National Investment for aid by 2010. High priority must be given to
cancelling the debts of the world's 52 poorest, indebted countries, and whilst
this process is being carried out debtor nations should be able to restrict
repayments to a smaller percentage of their export earnings.
To honour the spirit of our international agreements and guarantee
protection to those fleeing from persecution. To stop supporting appalling
regimes. No more oil wars. To grant asylum seekers human rights while in this
country. Not to send them back to tortuous regimes. To educate the public as to
the real nature of the asylum situation ( Britain, one of the world's richest
countries takes just less than 2% of global refugees, the tabloids try to make
people believe we take about a quarter)
What question do you wish was on this list but doesn't appear?
Several questions on the environment e.g. transport,
consumerism/materialism. The environment is fundamentally important. We cannot
continue undermining life support systems. To continue to do so will lead to
unprecedented levels of problems in most matters.