Question Time: Response from Steve of Stevenage (No Candidate deserves my vote)
- What would your party do if elected to reduce the national debt but protect services? A: There has not been enough debate about getting our money out of the banks. I want to chase the banks first before we talk about tax rises and reduced services. -
- What would your party do if elected to reduce the national debt but protect services?
A: There has not been enough debate about getting our money out of the banks. I want to chase the banks first before we talk about tax rises and reduced services.
- Where should action on climate change rank amongst the priorities for the next government? What specific policies would the candidates like to see introduced to reduce local and national emissions of greenhouse gases?
A: We need to act soon before it is too late. Things will get worse before they get better and there is more to it than just emissions. However, on the emissions issue I want us to work towards the reduction in the use of fossil fuels by seriously considering the Israeli model for electric cars and hybrids where cars are sold like mobile phones, you get the car with a contract for so many battery changes per month and all petrol stations are supplied with charged batteries, like they would petrol, which are used to replace electric car batteries in a similar fashion to the way we exchange gas cylinders. There is far more detail in my manifesto including a clean energy power service to supply charged batteries.
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- Do the new regulations for MPs and their expenses go far enough and should voters have the right to recall their member of parliament if they have been found guilty of mis-conduct.
A: We need 100% transparency of all expenses and I have made a start by publishing mine on my campaign website http://www.steveofstevenage.org.uk/expenses/expenses.htm I heard about the idea of recalling an MP if found guilty of mis-conduct at Question time and I thought it was a good idea, however it would need to be thought out carefully especially for Independents where there is no party to sack them!
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- What comes first the people of Stevenage or the party line?
A: That is easy, I have no party-line for anything other than electoral reform.
- Four years ago I had a stroke which has left me with severe health problems. Since becoming disabled I have become aware of how difficult it is to live as a disabled person trying to have some sort of life.
Should you be elected what would you do to improve the things for the disabled people of Stevenage?
A: Ensure that all existing regulations regarding disabled access are complied with, free Internet access for all disabled people who are able to use it, free delivery for shopping and recognising full time Carers as a job that draws a salary not just an allowance.
- We have had the worst recession in this country for sixty years. I do not think enough has been done to encourage enterprise and business creation in Stevenage. If elected how would you help to achieve this
A: The biggest problem that I have come across talking to traders and small businesses especially, is cash-flow. Since the credit-crunch most small traders have lost their overdraft facilities making it near impossible to buy materials before the customer pays them back. I want to offer our local banks some good PR for a change in exchange for a guaranteed loan service for all small traders backed up by guaranteed sales. Again full details are in my manifesto but I will be bringing all the bank managers and a sample of traders together in a meeting to discuss how this can happen.
- Does the panel believe that Unite members striking at British Airways and civil servants striking over their greatly enhanced redundancy terms are out of touch with reality when many people are working reduced hours and the majority of people do not enjoy such good benefits such as final salary pension schemes and enhanced redundancy terms.
A: This is one of those things that when you are given something and then it is taken away, it causes dissatisfaction with the employer, irrespective of whether other people get the same in other industries. British Airways, in particular, have a very aggressive management style and I suspect the main problem is their attitude to their employees. I don't see Virgin Airways staff having such problems.