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John Spottiswoode, Southampton Test, Green Party

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

We are in crisis.  Environmental damage is rapidly becoming critical and
threatening our future (e.g. Global Warming, loss of resources, massive
pollution levels, ozone hole, the list goes on and on).  The economic system
ensures that we continue on our disastrous path and must be changed so it is
fairer to people, ensures the safety of our planet and is not based on such
destructive things as war and war preparations.

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

I live in the constituency and am committed to the Green Party's agenda.

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

I aim to go over 5% of the vote (a very important psychological barrier) and
to build for a breakthrough.  Clearly if I can win then that would be
marvellous, but that means getting people to vote for what they want and not
tactically for what they do not want.

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

To build up the alternative vote and provide a focus for continued activity
to push the radical agenda.

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

Politicians who restrict our civil liberties in the name of anti-terrorism
(the classic Orwellian approach to restrict freedom for the nominal sake of

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?

War is only justified as a true last resort, or as a protective measure as
the clear lesser of two evils to prevent rampant genocide (i.e. to save

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

The railways.  Areas where there is social benefit that is more important
than the straight profit motive (many areas).  Old style nationalisation
(replacement of private managers by look-alike public sector managers)
should be replaced by true representation of all stakeholders at board

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

This replaces one problem with another.  It would reduce CO2 emissions, but
replace it with very damaging radioactivity that would last for thousands of
years, polluting the planet.

Asylum and immigration will be central issues in this election.
What action on this issue would you like to see the next government push

We receive fewer asylum seekers per capita than many other countries (France
has 50% more and we are 11th in the European 'league' for this).  We need to
publicise the positive elements of asylum seekers, such as the ways they
benefit their host country, and the real dangers they face in their home
countries.  We must abide by the 1951 UN Refugee Convention for fair and
effective asylum systems. We need to help poor countries to be able to help
themselves so people are not forced out by economic desperation or
environmental disaster.

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

What do you think is the most important thing threatening our future, and
what do you propose to do about it that will be truly effective?


April 2005



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