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LYNN WORTHINGTON


Dear Jonathan,

Many thanks for your questionnaire. Please find attached responses to all your questions by Lynn Worthington, TUSC candidate for Wythenshawe & Sale East. If you have any further questions please do contact us. 


A. PEACE

1. Are you in favour of Britain renewing its Trident nuclear weapons system ?

TUSC and I are totally opposed to nuclear weapons and to the renewal of the Trident system.

2. Do you think our country is right to be involved militarily in the Ukraine, even if in a training and support role?

TUSC and I are opposed to all foreign military interventions by Britain, including so-called training and support, and to Britain’s membership of NATO.


B. ENVIRONMENT

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

Yes, TUSC and I agree.  Here are TUSC’s policies which as a TUSC candidate I am advocating at (and beyond) this election:

Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions - otherwise climate change, caused by capitalism, will destroy us.

Invest in publicly-owned and controlled renewable energy. Oppose fracking.

Move to sustainable, low-pollution industry and farming - stop the pollution that is destroying our environment. No to profit-driven GM technology.

Produce for need, not profit, and design goods for reuse and recycling.

4. What is your attitude to fracking?

TUSC and I are totally opposed to fracking. Our members and supporters in the trade union and anti cuts movement took an active part in recent protests at Barton Moss and elsewhere.

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?

In the UK: We are anti cuts activists and continue to oppose benefit cuts such as the bedroom tax – not to mention the £12 billion welfare cuts threatened by the Tories.  The idea of a fuel price freeze is attractive but if the private energy suppliers remain in private hands, and continue to be policed by a toothless regulator, there will be no solution to fuel poverty for ordinary people.  We support the creation of a million Green Jobs through insulation, solar panels etc, to reduce fuel costs and to prevent further climate change. In the developing world: fuel poverty, unemployment and disease in the developing world will not be ended while corrupt regimes representing landlords and large corporations remain in power. Globally: emissions targets are routinely ignored, cap and trade doesn’t work. Ultimately climate change can only be ended by removing private profit and changing the system of society to one where the interests of ordinary workers and farmers are fully and democratically represented.

C. ECONOMICS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

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

On the basis of capitalism this would spell environmental and social disaster, although pitifully low economic growth is all this recession-hit system has to offer us in Britain for the foreseeable future. We believe that through democratic socialist planning, environmentally-sustainable economic growth that raises living standards would be possible.  TUSC’s relevant core policy points are:

Move to sustainable, low-pollution industry and farming - stop the pollution that is destroying our environment.

For a democratic socialist society run in the interests of people not millionaires. For bringing into democratic public ownership the major companies and banks that dominate the economy, so that production and services can be planned to meet the needs of all and to protect the environment.


7. Are you opposed to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership? If so why; if not, why not?

TUSC and I are totally opposed to TTIP.  We reject the idea that large corporations can sue elected governments for carrying out the wishes of the people, and that decisions would be handed down from an obscure court shrouded in secrecy.  We have particular concerns about the accelerating pace of privatisation in the NHS, which TTIP could enshrine.

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?

We support increased taxation on the rich, and rigorous pursuit of tax evasion, which this government pays token lip service to but never acts against.  At the same time we campaign in the trade unions and on the streets for a rise in the minimum wage to £10 per hour so that people can enjoy a decent standard of living.  We support the public ownership under democratic control of the major companies and banks that dominate the economy, so that production and services can be planned to meet the needs of all, and to protect the environment.

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 serious want?

Absolutely.  As trade unionists and socialists, I and other TUSC candidates are active participants in the trade-union and community struggles against low pay and cuts to incomes including benefits, and to raise the minimum wages/incomes to a living level. We wholeheartedly support the welfare state and argue for the reversal of benefit cuts made by this and previous governments. You can read our specific policies on this and other issues at http://www.tusc.org.uk/policy