what do you think is the most important issue in this election?
Privatisation in public services and building a mass working class socialist
alternative to the main parties.
why did you make the decision to stand in this constituency and for this party?
We have stood here twice before in general elections and a number of times in
local council seats in the area.
what kind of vote are you expecting on May 5th?
aside from the vote what are you hoping to get out of this campaign?
Raising the general ideas of socialism with a wider layer of people, and
deepening the base of support for socialism in the area.
in your view what is the greatest threat to our civil liberties at the moment?
A long list of policies from New Labour: The "anti-Terrorism" measures such as
detention without trial, house arrest etc; ID cards; and other
legislation (such as the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill) which can be
used against protestors.
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?
All of these were carried out in the interests of of Imperialism, despite the
many false justifications provided at the time. I am not a pacifist, but
believe that Capitalism leads to war. I am an active supporter the anti-war
movement but also campaign for an end to a system that creates war.
There is very little left to privatise in this country, if you had your way what
would be brought into public hands?
All privatised industries and services must be immediately re-nationalised. But
more than that, to create a society for the millions not the
millionaires we need to take the top 150 companies, the banks and financial
organisations out of the hand of big business. Public ownership with genuine
democratic control by the working class would enable a plan of production in the
interests of the whole of society.
Some environmental campaigners have started talking about nuclear power as a way
to bring down CO2 emissions - what do you think of this?
I oppose it. How can we trust this system with our environment? We need a
massive investment into environmentally sound renewable energy, but the big
economic interests of capitalism will continue to hold that back.
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 racist asylum laws, defend the right to asylum. But also stop the
exploitation of migrant workers. Trades Unions need to organise immigrant
workers and fight for decent wages and conditions. Stop supporting repressive
regimes internationally with weapons and other support!
What question do you wish was on this list but doesn't appear?
"Are you prepared to take from your parliamentary salary (if elected) the
average wage of a skilled worker (or similar formulation)"? Socialist party
candidates push this one means of distinguishing socialist candidates from the