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Strm Poorun, North Southwark and Bermondsey, Green Party


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Tel: 07020 967 804

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 independent)?
Because 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 5th?
A 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?
To 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?
Everything 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.

Some environmental 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 radioactive waste.

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 nuclear waste.

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 emissions).

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?

People 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?

Is 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 concern?





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