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KEVIN BENNETT


TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIAL COALITION, WARRINGTON SOUTH


Hi Jonathan,


Please find attached my answers to your questions. I have tried to keep them brief, but if you require any further information please don't hesitate in contacting me.


Cllr. Kevin Bennett

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.

        


A. PEACE

1. Are you in favour of Britain renewing itsgetting rid of tTrident nuclear weapons systemand all weapons of indescriminate mass destruction?


No, the money could be used to invest and create jobs in renewable energy.

2. 2Do you recognise the dangers inherent in orthodox NATO policies? Will you help to prevent us being dragged into military interventions when mediation and conciliation would be far wiser?Do you think our country is right to be involved militarily in the Ukraine, even if in a training and support role?


No, I believe that NATO should take the lead role.



B. ENVIRONMENT


33. Do you give full weight to the urgency of minimising global warming? In the light of this, dDo you accept that much of the known fossil fuel resources reserves should be left underground, especially the most environmentally damaging such as tar sands and Arctic oil?


I believe that Global Warming is a matter of urgency and all countries should be doing all they can to minimise the effect, by lowering their carbon footprint. We should support developing countries to reduce their emissions. Tar sands and Artic oil should be stopped immediately.


44. What is your attitude to fracking in Britain? What is your attitude to fracking?

I am totally against any form of fracking, as we are aware they can cause earth tremors and poison the water table.

5. Many people can’t afford to heat their homes over the winter. We can’t afford to ignore climate change either. How would you tackle fuel poverty in a long-term, sustainable manner?

Simply by re-nationalising the Utilities use the profits to reduce prices and invest in renewable energy.


C. ECONOMICS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE


6. Do you think our economy can or should go on growing indefinitely?


Nothing can go on growing indefinitely, even the universe will end one day. Capitalism is failing the majority of the people on this planet, therefore we need a system to re-distribute the wealth fairly.Can we discriminate between good and bad growth?


7. Are you opposed to the principle of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership? Do you think we should denounce any agreement which gives international big business de facto control over our economic decisions? Will you oppose secretive arbitration tribunals outside the ordinary scope of international law? If so why; if not, why not?


I am totally oppose the TTIP, how can it be right that private companies, from anywhere in the world, can acquire a service like the NHS make profit from it and can then sue a government, when a government believes that the private company is failing to run a service like the NHS properly and wishes to take back control for the benefit of its people.


8. Do you intend to help shrink the yawning gap between rich and poor and check the extraordinary concentration of wealth in very few hands? If so, how?


Yes I do intend to help shrink the gap between rich and poor. Firstly, by clamping down firmly on tax avoidance and tax evasion, it is estimated that we have lost approximately £120bn through these loopholes, secondly by introducing a bank transaction tax, a levy of 0.01 pence would raise approx. £20bn per year, never forget that I was the banks who created the ‘global crisis’, and thirdly by investing back into our infrastructure to create jobs that pay a living wage, which in turn would help to boost our economy, as people would be able to spend more. Our welfare system needs to be fair and not discriminate against anyone of our citizens, why should the welfare system pay for what the ‘super rich’ did to our economy in the first place.


9. Do you recognise that low wages and benefits, plus harsh and arbitrary stoppage of benefits, is causing serious and unjust hardship? Do you want to restore the safety net which ought to protect British people from?


I do you recognise that low wages and benefits, plus harsh and arbitrary stoppage of benefits, is causing serious and unjust hardship and I would go further and say that it has created homelessness and caused people to commit suicide. What does it say about our society when we can, seemingly, ignore the plight of our poorer citizens. When 80 billionaires hold half of the world’s wealth, something has gone drastically wrong and the capitalist system is failing. We must address this immediately!

The National Insurance was just that, an insurance that if we were ill we had the NHS and if we lost our job we had the welfare system as a backup.  If we want to live in a safe and modern society, then we have a duty to look after the sick, disable and less fortunate in our society, therefore everybody must pay towards this.


Cllr. Kevin Bennett

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)