NICK ROBERTSON BROWN
1. Are you in favour of Britain renewing its Trident nuclear weapons
I am totally opposed to renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system.
I cannot see a single occasion when a British prime minister would be
prepared to hit the nuclear go button. The cost of the system which we
don't need and cannot afford is £100 billion, and considering the state
of our health system, it's a very simple decision and I am a former RAF
engineering officer who used to work on missile systems.
2. Do you think our country is right to be involved militarily in
the Ukraine, even if in a training and support role?
I think the conflict in Ukraine is a difficult one, but one that
cannot be ignored. I think we should support a negotiated settlement
between Russia and Ukraine whilst developing a new security structure
for the whole region.
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?
Climate change is a disaster that is already happening and all but
a few are actually listening. When I left the Royal Air Force, I studied
environmental biology and worked on climate projects in the Arctic. What
is happening to our climate is acceptable and chasing fossil fuels in
places that are hard to get to is not only ridiculous, but financially
and environmentally the wrong way to go. Instead we should be investing
heavily in sustainable and natural resources such as solar, wind, hydro
and tidal energy. By doing this, we can move away from a total reliance
upon fossil fuels and help to reduce the catastrophic effects of climate
change will bring.
4. What is your attitude to fracking?
"Fracking," or hydraulic fracturing, to give it its correct term
involves drilling deep into the earth and injecting toxic chemicals into
the ground at high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks in an
effort to release the natural gas held inside. It is a very expensive
and intensive way of releasing relatively small amounts of fossil fuels.
It also takes a lot of energy to claim the gas it is trying to release.
I think the disasters in America, in particular, Wyoming and Alberta
where wildlife and huge stocks of cattle have died from drinking the
toxic water that the chemicals involved in fracturing that has been
injected into the aquifers. I think the recent decision by the people of
New York to turn their back on fracking tells us an awful lot about the
awful nature of fracking. I am 100% opposed
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-
Fuel poverty is part of the whole issue of social injustice and as
your question implies, there are two parts to addressing it. Firstly, in
order to heat homes, then energy is required, and the better the houses
are insulated in the first place, and the better they are built, then
the energy losses can be minimised. As I have already stated, the
production of energy should be sustainable and I believe eventually we
could become 100% sustainable. As for paying the energy bills, the Green
party has a plan to introduce a basic income, which is a guaranteed
every UK citizen. Basic income will replace the tax-
most social security benefits. Housing benefit would remain until
transferred to BI. Part of children would receive £50 per week on their
behalf and 18 to 65-
disabilities and single parents will be paid a supplement. We would also
pay an extra £30 a week to those assessed by their GP is not capable of
being able to work. The basic pension will pay £180 per week to a single
pensioner and 310 for a couple -
the poverty line. This basic income would mean less stigma and
bureaucracy in the welfare system and ensure work always pays more than
unemployment. The cost of BI would be recovered from replacing existing
benefits personal tax allowances and National Insurance thresholds.
6. Do you think our economy can or should go on growing
I do not see how the economy can ever keep on growing, and for me
the economic model we are using is seriously flawed. It is an economy
based on greed and selfishness which is why this country and so many
growth is possible and the model is out there. Prosperity without growth
written by Tim Jackson.
7. Are you opposed to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment
Partnership? If so why; if not, why not?
TTIP, or the transatlantic trade and investment partnership, is a
deal that was put together behind closed doors between the EU and the
United States. It is marketed as a means of economic stimulus for ailing
Europe and is presented as a free trade agreement, but existing tariffs
on either side of the Atlantic are already weak as a result of common
membership of organisations such as the world trade organisation. The
aim of this agreement(TTIP) is to strip away any obstacles to large
corporations, such as regulations to protect our privacy, the
environment, food safety and the economy from an already disgraced
financial sector. Probably one of the most crucial factors of this
agreement is that TTIP will open up public services to private companies
motivated purely by profit rather than the needs of people. As my
response may suggest, I am totally opposed to it.
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?
I believe the ever-
abomination and anyone who supports this should be ashamed of
themselves. I fully back the Green Party in its economic policy which
has been fully costed. On top of the £100 billion that would be saved by
scrapping Trident missile system, we would clamp down on tax loopholes,
avoidance and evasion and this could save the UK, £70 billion a year on,
on its own pay off the deficit within three years. We would replace the
minimum wage with the living wage of £8.10 p per hour, rising to £10 per
hour by 2020. I would like to see the introduction of a wealth tax of 2%
a year on those worth 2 million and above, and this would raise £35
billion a year by the end of one parliamentary term. I would introduce a
Robin Hood tax of .1% on bank to bank transfers to reduce risky trading
and raise £25 billion a year to fight poverty and climate change. We
would move towards a 35 hour working week with more jobs fair pay and
more free time. By increasing corporation tax to 30%. We could raise £12
billion a year and help small local businesses to compete. Would
increase the top rate of income tax to 60%, raising an extra £2 billion
a year. And, crucially, we would take the power to create money away
from private banks and instead establish a national monetary authority
responsible for creating currency. I have already spoken about our plans
to introduce the Basic Income at question five.
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?
I have already pointed out at question five and eight that I
recognise that low wages and the stoppages and reduction of benefits is
causing serious and unjust hardship. In those previous questions, I
have also identified how we would restore the safety net and how we
protect the people of this country from the greed of this government and
the corporations that it supports.