22 February 2015
Three great problems threaten both human and planetary wellbeing:
- the widening gap between the rich and poor
- the excessive use of finite resources
- and the difficulty voters have in influencing policy because of the inappropriate role wealthy individuals and corporations play in policy making
As a green candidate, I will argue and vote for measures which narrow the gap, reduce the use of finite resources, and give us voters a greater say in running our affairs. So promote a new social contract between voters and the state which enable us to Mind The Gap and Keep Our Cool.
To achieve this requires a recasting of priorities at all levels, and to ensure that participation is as wholehearted as possible. It means we must create space for productive discussions and timely thoughtful consultation, not the usual political slanging matches, however amusing they are.
My strategy will be to push for policies which address all three issues.
For example, I will insist that Greenwich council:
I will suggest that workers pay is increased annually in line with inflation, but for those working long hours, instead of an annual pay rise, their working hours are reduced.
I will say we should:
- levy extra duty on houses which stand empty for six months and over
- insist that the 30 percent of affordable homes in new build are fully integrated with the other units
- seek to have community owned housing as an option in development
I will insist that:
Wishing to promote local entrepreneurs, I will ask the council to give likely candidates with good business plans low cost start up premises and incentives to train apprentices.
At every opportunity I will push for:
When local issues in the ward come up, I will seek to resolve them by discussion and in a way which encourages the evolution of the new social contract.
Robin Stott, local candidate in Greenwich West