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LOZ KAYE, CENTRAL MANCHESTER

Dear  Jonathan,


To start with, I'd like to thank you for your mail and for the fantastic work

that the Quakers do in Manchester to support public debate and democracy by

providing the Friends Meeting House Space. I've spoken there many times and it

is a wonderful resource.


On your questions. This is as brief as I can be. If it is unsatisfying please

get in contact again, or ask others to do so.


A. PEACE


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

 Yes – But.


I'm in favour of re-examining the military doctrine behind a constant covert

Nuclear submarine programme.  This is not suited to the current threat

picture, or our ability to fund it. I don't see a role for Trident now.


However the Pirate Party does reluctantly see the necessity for the continuing

of a nuclear element to our, and all of Europe's defence. That's no doubt not

what you want to hear, but the reasons are that no-one has demonstrated that

us getting rid of our capabilities will lead to Russia, China, North Korea,

India, Pakistan or Israel doing so.


I understand that Quakers have a deep held belief on peace, which is to your

credit. I can only act on mine, and ours, that to let Putin or Kim Jong Un

dictate militarily is to make the world a less peaceful, a less safe place.


You might not want to read on after this, but I'd like you to do so anyway.


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


 No.


The Ukraine is not a conflict that we can help with, it would be yet another

situation where we would make things worse.


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 fuels should be left underground, especially the most environmentally damaging such as tar sands and Arctic oil?

Yes


The focus of our energy policy is new technology to promote renewable energy.


4. What is your attitude to fracking?

Fracking is a local democracy issue.


Local communities should decide about fracking. Again, fracking is not

renewable by its nature, so it is a dead end in energy provision.


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?


Energy research.


Energy research, promoting community energy provision.


C. ECONOMICS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE


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

Don't start from here.


There is too great a focus on growth from both market economists and steady-

state campaigners. The economy must keep transforming that is the key, and for

the benefit of the many not the few. – The focus should be micro business, not

holding back new technology like 3D printing and Digital Currencies (eg

Bitcoin) and liberating space for small businesses that is affordable.


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

Yes


We have been opposed to TTIP from the outset, as it threatens to undermine

environmental protection, health, workers' rights and democracy itself. The

secrecy behind the negotiations is unacceptable.


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


The key issue has to be tackling tax avoidance right now, if we properly

closed loopholes War on Want reckons we can bring in £5.5 billion a year.


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?

Yes


We want the minimum wage to be a living wage, and to end any discrimination in

the benefits system.


All I have to add to this is that you could possibly find one candidate, or

more that are a better theoretical match to your questions. The real point is

who will be best able to act in your interests. I have been working for this

constituency hard – unlike any of the alternatives to Lucy Powell – for years

now. That will continue to be the case from May the 8th whether I am elected

or not. I would do so in your interests too.

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Loz Kaye

Manchester Central PPC Pirate Party