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Alan Pinder, Northavon, Green Party

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what do you think is the most important issue in this election?

Climate change

why did you make the decision to stand in this constituency and for this party (as an independent)?

To put pressure on the three big parties to take environmental and social issues seriously

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

About 4%

aside from the vote what are you hoping to get out of this campaign?

Raising awareness of environmental and social issues

in your view what is the greatest threat to our civil liberties at the moment?

The Home Office with their anti-terrorism legislation and identity cards

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?

Maybe occasionally (eg against Hitler) but certainly not the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq. I can see there was a case for peace-keeping in the
Balkans, but on balance I would have opposed that too.

There is very little left to privatise in this country, if you had your way what would be brought into public hands.

I would renationalise the railways certainly and maybe water, gas and electricity.

Some environmental campaigners have started talking about nuclear power as a way to bring down CO2 emissions - what do you think of this?

I am totally opposed. The construction of enough nukes would (a) bankrupt us and (b) produce vast quantities of CO2 in the next 20 years before any power stations came on stream, which would itself push us into irreversible global warming.

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?

We need to be welcoming to asylum-seekers and potential immigrants not lock them up. The assessment of asylum-seekers and immigrants needs much more resources to make it very much quicker. Immigrating qualified professionals such as doctors should be given all the help they need to get them working in their professions.

What question do you wish was on this list but doesn't appear?

"What should the next government do to end poverty in the UK and worldwide?"




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