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UK Independence Party - UKIP
Susan Davies
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
Independent
Alun Mathias
(Independent)
Conservative Party
Karen Robson
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Extra public money should be spent on road repairs in Cardiff.
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    agree
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Damaged roads are a hazard to cyclists as well as motor vehicles but emphasis should be on reducing traffic levels to lessen strain on the network.”
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “I was the casualty of a pothole that was left unmended for a year despite being reported by the police. So I know how dangerous they are. others I have reported to 101 or local cllr still not dealt with.”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    agrees
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Cardiff's roads have had 20+ years of underinvestment so many are in a poor condition. Freezing weather made a bad situation worse. The Council has put extra money aside to tackle potholes but tackling long term lack of investment will take longer.”
  • The construction work in Bute park is unnecessary and is destroying a greater part of our heritage.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Have campaigned on this issue since the Spring of 2008. Commercialising our beautiful Bute Park so more articulated lorries can get in and out in a hurry for commercial reasons is a scar on the landscape.”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “I have been a supporter of the campaign since the beginning. It was a member of the party of which I am also a member, who helped set it up. Bogus consultation by the Lib Dem/Plaid Council.”
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    disagrees
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The new bridge takes lorries off pedestrian routes and makes the park safer for children and the disabled. I had concerns about initial proposals but the final plans were better. The HLF is investing millions to restore the park to its former glory.”

National statements

  • Many people think taxes will have to rise in the next parliament to cut Britain's budget deficit. If they do, any increases should disproportionately be paid by higher earners.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The tax system needs to be made far more progressive - with poorer people paying less and the wealthy much more as well as closing loopholes”
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Comination of climate change and global financial crisis means the world can no longer tolerate conspicuous consumption and inappropriate use of resources. Jet-skis and Chelsea tractors good examples.”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “The richest 100 people in Britain own £250 billion. They could wipe out the public sector deficit and half of them would still be billionaires! Meanwhile the poorest in society live on average 7yrs less than the richest. This is WRONG.”
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    agrees
    “I am in favour of higher earners taking the heavier burden but i do not wish to discourage entrepreneurs and hardest workers.”
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “I agree that if taxes have to rise then it must be done in a way that doesn't hit those on lowest incomes the worst, however, we plan to tackle the deficit more through spending cuts than tax rises.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Blind faith in 'free' markets is what got us into the economic mess we are now in. At very least, the playing field needs to be levelled by tackling the dominance of big business.”
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Banks nearly brought down the financial system. More regulation definitely needed”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “All the main parties support giving the banks back to those whose reckless management brought the recession down on our heads. I say nationalise them completely - don't just bail them out until the millionaires can make profits out of them again.”
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    disagrees
    “Too general. Interfered too much in some areas but others like Banking and the financial services sector-not enough!”
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Govt should be creating a supportive environment for business not getting involved in how business are run. I'd like to see sunset clauses introduced in for new regulations and a more critical approach taken on whether they are necessary at all.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “With a massive government investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, people should be paying less for energy.”
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “No reason why energy bills should go up as long as renewables introduced as matter of urgency.”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    is neutral
    “Climate change can be tackled, and in my view can only be tackled, if we organise the energy industry in a democratic way, deciding for ourselves what the priorities should be instead of letting the market play russian roulette with our environment.”
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    agrees
    “Agree first part but energy costs are already higher in Wales than elsewhere. Why?”
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “However, there must social tariff schemes in place to protect the poorest in society. We would invest heavily in alternative technologies and energy efficiency to bring down energy use and put Britain on track to be carbon neutral in future.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The position of Britain as one of the most unequal societies in the world must be reversed.”
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Unequal societies don't make for happier societies. Poverty kills. Poor people with mortality rates 11 years less than wealthy people is unacceptable.”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “The Rowntree Foundation said that Britain hasn't been this unequal since the Victorian era already - and that's before the recession.”
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly agrees
    “Sorry but as a nationalist, again Wales here should be substituted for the word 'Britain'. We are already the poorest of the Countries of the UK. Tackle this first before we address the 'bigger picture' please.”
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “We have a hugely unequal society and it has got worse under both Tory and Labour Governments. This has to change, which is why we have redistributive tax proposals and plans to give all children a decent chance in education.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Cutting spending now will only prolong the recession with increased unemployment and risk tipping us into a depression. Government needs to increase investment to fill the gap”
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “We need to use resources more effectively. See above”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “Pay for it by kicking the private sector out of the railways (cost - £5bn in subsidies), cancelling Trident (cost - up to £100bn), bringing the troops home (save £4.5bn) and using the profits from the banks to invest in public services.”
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    agrees
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “It simply isn't possible in the current economic climate - we have to focus on bringing down the deficit.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    is neutral
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “The state should provide a basic pension that people are able to live comfortably on.”
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “The most cost effecive way is for the current working population to contribute to today's pensioners. That prevents resources being tied up in pension pots that could be used to generate more economic activity and jobs.”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “Wages are too low and the most efficient way of organising this is collectively.”
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    agrees
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “There needs to be a fair, less complex state pension system, on which people can build their own savings. People should save for themselves, using as a basis the state pension. Our system is too complex and unfair.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I favour balanced migration which is what the Australian style point system delivers”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “But communities that have high levels of immigration should have more investment in services in order to cope.”
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly disagrees
    “Happy to accept immigrants who can contribute to society here. Criminals should be deported.”
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “In parts of the country this is certainly true and public services have struggled to cope. However, other parts of the country are still crying out for migrant workers. We need a system that recognises these different regional needs.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Women feel safer if there is CCTV in town centres especialy at night. Speeding kills.”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    disagrees
    “People feel safer on the streets with cameras.”
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “CCTV can effectively reduce crime, but we have more cameras per head than any other country in the world and this has happened by stealth, without public consultation or discusssion. I believe we should have public debate before it goes any further.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    is neutral
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    disagrees
    “Ridiculous statement. Everyone is differet and unique.”
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “I believe a loving partnership is the best environment for children, but this can be gay or straight. I believe it is the strength of the relationship that matters.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “The biggest problem is the power of vested interests”
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “The expenses scandal has done politicians no favours and you never hear about the ones who didnt buy four poster beds out of the public purse.”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “Where to begin? Cash for honours, cash for questions, "cabs for hire", expenses, travel expenses, party funding. I've pledged to take an average wage, not the inflated pay of politicians, because I'm in it to fight for ordinary working-class people.”
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    is neutral
    “Politicians reflect society, some honest, some not.”
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Recent scandals brought all politicians into disrepute and people are justifiably angry. Some broke the rules, others the law. But not all politicians are dishonest and we need a system so you can sack corrupt MPs and we can restore faith in politics”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Arts make important contribution to a civilised society. It cant just be left to the market; otherwise you just have Murdoch ruling the world.”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    disagrees
    “Some subsidy required.”
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The arts are crucial to society and can bring huge economic benefits, helping regeneration and social cohesion. Arts funding should be seen as a valuable role of Govt, not an optional extra.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Whilst the current model is deeply flawed the principle of the Union seems right.”
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We live in a global village. EU needs slimming down not abolishing. If it didnt exist we 'd have to invent it.”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    is neutral
    “We need to link up with ordinary working-class people in other countries and support each other in fighting for our share of the wealth but the Lisbon treaty is a bosses' charter to drive wages down to the bottom.”
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly disagrees
    “I am a European, but Welshman first. I am also proud to be British but British Government has let Wales down.”
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Britain benefits significantly from membership of the EU, and although I believe there needs to be reform of some processes, I firmly believe we should remain members.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    is neutral
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Multilateral disarmament is the way forward. Double standards cannot apply. Our failure to get Israel to sign up to the Non Proliferation Treaty inevitably makes Iran anxious.”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “Military intervention would drive ordinary Iranians into the clutches of Ahmadinejad and other right-wing politicians, just at the moment when they're developing protests against them.”
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly disagrees
    “The remnants of the British Empire believe that we should be the world's policeman. I disagree but we need protection and our Allies and should take an equal share compared to our wealth.”
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “I don't think we should take military action - it would be counter-productive. Instead we should focus on diplomatic efforts and political/economic measures, involving Russia, China, the EU and the US.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    is neutral
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “There appears to be no plan for withdrawal soon - proper plans should be drawn up for troops to leave and for UN workers and NGOs to arrive to actually build the required infrastructure for peace and to lessen sources of conflict.”
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Complex problem. None of th world powers have ever conquered Afghanistan. Pakistan's nuclear status is great cause for concern.”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “Over 270 British soldiers killed and tens of thousands of Afghans and no sign of a "stable democracy". We are more a target for terrorism now than ever and the drugs trade has exploded in size. Build a solution based on ordinary Afghans.”
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly disagrees
    “The military would take 50% of our budget if we let them. Defence needs total reform. Protecting our servicemen and women is top priority.”
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “To withdraw now would be foolish, as the current strategy seems to be working. But we must build up Afghan resources to take on the work done by foreign forces, so hopefully our troops can come home in the next Parliament.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    agree
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    disagree
    Mark Beech aka 'The Good Knight Sir Nosda' (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    is neutral
    Sam Coates (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Since we benefit so much from skewed trade rules the least we can do in the mean time is to provide money to address these negative impacts.”
    Jenny Rathbone (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “UK is 4th biggest economy in the world, much of it as a result of our former colonial dominance of trade and resources. Everyone is entitled to clean water, access to education and all the other Millenium goals.”
    Ross Saunders (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    disagrees
    “Not "Disagree (strongly)" because much "aid" actually goes to undermine countries abroad. They need our solidarity and support to develop their economies, not sweeteners for privatisation deals.”
    Chris Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    agrees
    “We should contribute according to our wealth. Again Wales needs are my priority because in UK terms, we are ignored.”
    Jenny Willott (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We have a moral obligation to reduce global poverty and inequality and we believe Britain should spend 0.7% of GNI on international aid by 2013.”

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