As part of TMP’s spotlight on the 2010 UK General Election, we will be giving prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs), a chance to have their say to our readership. Earlier this month, we sent emails to candidates across the political spectrum and across the country, inviting them to answer our questions and put their views forward. One of the first to do so was Dr Derek Wall, the Green Party Candidate for Windsor, his competitors are invited to respond accordingly.
TMP: What are your top 2 priorities for the constituency of Windsor?
DW: Bring the troops back from Afghanistan and stop Heathrow Expansion.
TMP: What party manifesto pledge or commitment are you most proud of?
DW: No to Trident (unlike Nick Clegg we don’t want cut price nukes either), no cuts in services, opposition both to privatisation and neoliberal economics. Real action on climate change, higher taxes for those who earn over Â£100,000, its all good and a big change from the consensus of the traditional three parties.
TMP: Do you believe that religious values should have equal weight to sexual orientation in law?
DW: No, but I thought religion was about tolerance. Both Mohammed and Jesus opposed conservative and fundamentalist attitudes for example! Sexual freedom is essential, religion should be about compassion not hatred.
TMP: Why did you enter politics?
DW: There was an Ecology Party meeting next door to where I lived in Corsham, Wiltshire, when I was 14, I went and I was captivated. Green politics is the politics of survival. I don’t think you can have infinite economic growth without wrecking the global environment. Capitalism is an irrational economic system which only works if we work harder, consume faster and waste more, so I quickly became an Ecosocialist as well.
TMP: Do you believe multiculturalism has failed or is it a pragmatic solution for Britain?
DW: There are a variety of different identities, we should not divide people by ethnicity. Diversity is good, authoritarian opposition to multiple cultures is wrong.
For example, the move to ban the burqa in countries like Belgium and France, sickens me. This does depend on what you mean by multiculturalism, I don’t accept definitions minted by the Daily Mail or other tabloids.
TMP: Do you think positive discrimination or â€œaffirmative actionâ€ has a place in British society?
DW: Yes, we live in an unequal society and history should not be destiny.
The other candidates standing in Windsor so far are:
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