The Democratic Deficit (again)

April 15, 2010 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

This should actually be labelled Democratic Deficit Week. Yesterday a bunch of us stood outside the Methodist Church in Hebden Bridge giving out leaflets about Green Policies. Why? Because inside the church my fellow candidates were being given the chance to expand on their policies about Care of the Elderly, Euthanasia and World Poverty. Our answers were necessarily long and detailed, and unsuitable for a blog, but here are some Green Thoughts from the shorter leaflet:

  • Increase UK international aid to 0.7% of national income in 5 years, and 1% in 10 years.
  • Reinforce the rights of indigenous populations.
  • Reform the World Bank and the IMF, reducing the influence of multinational corporations.
  • Help developing countries to improve their living standards in a sustainable way.
  • Make transnational corporations invest their profits locally.
  • Write off the debts of poorer countries –  repayments limited to 10% of earnings.
  • Fight inequality at all levels of UK society, by redistributing resources and strengthening communities.
  • Change the tax system to benefit small companies over large ones.

I’m happy to say that this went down well with the majority of people making their way in. Also, though we didn’t quite outnumber them there was hardly a cast of thousands! We’re getting used to being outside the tent…and of course we were all in the pub while the other candidates were still in a draughty church!


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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