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ALEX DAVIDSON REPLIES


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

so­called 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 publicly­owned and controlled renewable energy. Oppose fracking.

Move to sustainable, low­pollution industry and farming ­ stop the pollution that is

destroying our environment. No to profit­driven 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 long­term,

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 recession­hit system has to offer us in Britain for

the foreseeable future. We believe that through democratic socialist planning,

environmentally­sustainable economic growth that raises living standards would be

possible. TUSC’s relevant core policy points are:

Move to sustainable, low­pollution 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 trade­union 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