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Rowland Sheret, Stirling County, Scottish Socialist Party

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      Rowland Sheret, 17A  Bruce Street, Stirling     FK8 1PD

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

      Poverty at home and abroad. New Labour has done nothing to redistribute wealth and reverse the policies of Thatcherism which has left so many in poverty at home and hence the social problems we have. The war in Iraq defines New Labours support of Imperialism and the support of free trade policies show their refusal to address world poverty despite all the latest spin pre the G8 summit.

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

    The Scottish Socialist Party position of an Independent Scottish Socialist Republic and their consistent work in opposition to the war in Iraq convinces me that to stand under their banner is an honour and privilege. Stirling is where i have lived for the past 40 years.

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

     At the last Scottish Parliament election and with no Green Party candidate standing we polled 5% and saved our deposit. At the European election and with a Green Party candidate standing as well as us we polled 3%.   This time both the SSP and Greens are standing so to save our deposit  would be a good result. We are of course campaigning to win.

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

    We wish to show the socialist alternative to New Labour and recruit new members. Most important we wish to build confidence that another world is possible and a fight back can be built against the capitalist free market policies of all the major parties.

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

Tony Blair. It was the war in Iraq and its occupation which has heightened world tensions and created a political situation which is now being used to attack civil liberties in Britain.

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?

      Poverty and inequality cause war. Make Poverty History requires us to make capitalism history as it is the production for profit and the Imperialist relationship of the industrialised world to other countries which continues poverty and inequality. However wars of liberation against Imperialist domination cannot be condemned. Vietnam is the ultimate example

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

  We should start with the Railways as workers in that industry are setting an example by making demands for this.
A planned economy run by the people rather than the bureaucratised centralisation of past models is necessary for making capitalism history. All the major industries should be in public hands and production for need rather than profit. It is not as far fetched as some would have us believe and is necessary to overcome the anarchism and exploitation of capitalism.

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

None of the arguments against nuclear power have gone away. It is a major hazard to society in that a nuclear accident can only be a devastating disaster. The question of waste disposal cannot be resolved. Scotland in particular is always looked upon as a favoured site for dumping nuclear waste. No Thanks.

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?

The immediate closure of the Dungavel centre. Refugees and asylum seekers should be welcomed rather than driven out by the horrific policies we have seen under New Labour. Scotland needs a positive attitude to immigration.

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

The question of the break up of the British State which has just given us the imperialist war in Iraq has not been addressed. The National question in Scotland and Wales and the unification of Ireland are questions directly related to the
continued existence of the British State. The question of declaring republics is surely important for socialists.





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