There are five vital issues in this election.
Equality not poverty: The coalition’s austerity policy in reality means austerity for the poorest and weakest in society and tax cuts for the rich, as the escalation in foodbank use shows. The Greens want a £10 per hour minimum wage; a citizens’ income scheme; and fair, redistributive taxation with a crackdown on tax avoidance.
Pu b l i c services in public hands: We support renationalising the railways and utilities. It’s vital the NHS be saved from privatisation. Contracting services out means public money going to private profit. We will resist the corporate power grab.
Power to communities: This election will show up the shortcomings of our electoral system. We need proportional representation for all elections, and an elected House of Lords. We support extended devolution to Scotland and importantly, stronger local government. All other parties are deeply centralist.
Action on climate change: Westminster and Holyrood have a disgraceful record here and other parties refused even to address the environment in this election. We must invest urgently in renewable energy, home insulation and improved public transport (in 30-50 years a private car will be an unbelievable luxury). Scotland’s economy is overreliant on oil and we for years have been pointing out the need to diversify both the economy and energy production.
Peace and disarmament : The Greens are totally opposed to nuclear weapons and to Trident renewal. We would reduce military spending and leave NATO since it is a nuclear club. This also means “de-militarising” the economy so that public money can be spent more constructively. We strongly support peace-keeping via the United Nations and international humanitarian effort.
A vote for me is a vote for a fair and humane society and for maintaining quality of life in a habitable world for future generations.