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Communist Party of Britain
Gerrard Sable
(Communist Party of Britain)

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  • MOD training vessels at ATTHRM Instow should be prevented from operating if they cause harmful wash.
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    disagree
    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “I need to find out more about the nature of this harm, though. If harm is caused, it should be addressed. But they have been operating there many years.”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    agrees
    “and such a specific reference should include other craft, not least those jetskis (and don't start me off on the NOISE they make)”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    disagrees
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    disagrees
    “I am not aware that they cause harmful wash and find they add interest to the estuary”
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “I am unaware of harmful wash here.”
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I'd like more information before answering”
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “I'd like to know more about this issue”

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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    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “But this question is too broad. Lowest earners should be protected; but I don't support super-taxes, as they don't work economically.”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “in addition, the Greens maintain that all those earning above £100,000 should pay tax at 50%”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    agrees
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    is neutral
    “everyone should have to contribute according to income although should be made for low income . Punitive taxation will act as a disincentive”
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “The higher the rate of top tax, economics' theory proves the less the tax take. Higher rate taxpayers do more to avoid paying ANY tax so it is a bad instrument and discourages more investment, etc.”
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Both our rebalancing of the tax system and our spending plans have been costed line by line, pound by pound in our manifesto. We are the only party that has clearly set out how we will pay for our pledges.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    disagree
    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Actually, it's the 120,000 EU regulations, gold-plated by our own government, that cause the problem. The interference is never positive or helpful, is it?”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Where business places profit above ethical behaviour and responsible sustainability, then most certainly legislation has to step in. I believe the 'free'-market is fundamentally flawed, as events have proven.”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    agrees
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    agrees
    “Although there are times when government intervention will be necessary. South West Water bills come to mind”
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Govt should create an environment that allows enterprise to flourish – so, establish stable tax platform, supply of skilled workers and more – beyond that, entrepreneurs should be free to run their business without Govt interference.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    disagree
    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “I believe that the government is scaremongering by exaggerating climate change as an excuse to increase taxes.”
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I want some clear facts presented on this, not hysteria and political bandwagoning. It's always our money that's the answer, isn't it? There are people getting very rich on this. Why?”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I cannot believe that Climate Change has been completely absent during this campaign - everything we strive to address, to improve to 'solve', is rendered meaningless and irrelevant minus a planet.”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    disagrees
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    disagrees
    “I agree that climate change must be tackled but high charging levels for energy would hit the vulnerable very badly”
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “There needs to be a balance and I'd prefer to see incentivised insulation and alternative production so that energy cost will be a saving to those who participate. It hurts the poor the most, otherwise.”
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Bills are likely to rise with conventional sources of energy production - I'd be prepared to more for generation from renewable sources but measures need to be in place to protect those who find themselves in fuel poverty”
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Ok – but not for the poorest. Lds are committed to fair fuel bills. People who use less should pay less so we'll change bills so the first units are cheapest.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “We have to stop creating a welfare-dependent poor and provide greater opportunity for all to succeed, through education and encouraging small business.”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Inequality in UK society is just about the biggest single cause for our ills, our lack of well-being, our dissatisfaction across the board- until this imbalance is rectified, we will remain disenfranchised, ignored, disillusioned. alienated and angry”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    agrees
    “we would be creating the two nation culture to an even greater extent than currently being experienced”
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “The poor are poorer under Gordon Brown than they were in 1997! We need to redress that. I want to stimulate growth and we need to incentivise private enterprise to create jobs.”
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “If by this it is meant that we do not reduce child and pensioner poverty further in the next 5 years then - yes I think it would be a problem.”
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Currently the poorest 20% of people are losing more of their income in tax than they did in 1997, while the richest 20% are paying less. We've proposed a rebalancing of the tax system to give people the opportunity to get on in life.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “As an English Democrat, I am campaigning for the formation of an English Parliament, and to scrap the use of the 'Barnett Formula' which results in the people of ENGLAND suffering from an unfair share of UK public spending.”
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “We know that spending isn't the answer. Efficiency is the answer. Service and responsibility, and a more frugal approach. Why are there 2 of every roadsign?”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Unemployed people cost the state billions - employed people pay taxes. The Greens will invest £44 billion is putting up to a million people into sustainable jobs and training”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    is neutral
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    is neutral
    “As with so many things this would have to be qualified as many areas of public spending should be cut back but others require more resource”
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “At the end of the day, the money must be found and it is the private sector which generates the wealth which the public sector spends!”
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Frontline services need protection and cutting public expenditure too early will damage the recovery”
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The current economic climate will require a degree of restraint in public sector spending as we work to bring 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
    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “People in low paid jobs are struggling financially, particularly as there has been a huge increase in stealth taxes and bills. Once every person has disposable income then I agree that a proportion should be used to provide for retirement.”
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “The answer to this is agree and disagree. People should, but the state needs to help with a basic minimum.”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “the question is the wrong way round - if you have paid the money into a state pension, the money is there - if not, it has been absorbed. Any body that 'loses' its pension fund, whether state or private, has behaved both illegally and irresponsibly.”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    disagrees
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    is neutral
    “It is inevitable that we must make greater provision from our own resources but state help will always be required in some circumstance”
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “Mutual encouragement and tax incentivisation is imperative, connected with more flexibilioty with pension plans.”
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “All people have the right to a dignified retirement and the state should manage the process. We all ready provide for our own retirement by paying Ni contributions DURING OUR WORKING LIFE.”
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Britain's pensions system is inadequate – we'll restore the link between pensions and earnings immediately so pensioners' living standards finally improve. We'll also relax the rules on access to personal pension funds.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    disagree
    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “I don't know anyone who doesn't think this. At last we're allowed to say so.”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    agrees
    “there is not enough space in this box to adequately discuss this minefield question - I do agree BUT there are so many provisos - not least, discussing this openly is NOT a racist issue, it's about population, that other no-go area.”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “The infrastructure situation has not been given a chance!”
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “This is too complicated an issue for a one word answer - immigration has been a great benefit to our society - we do need to have measures in place to limit numbers to match need.”
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “In some parts of the country yes. In some areas, people are needed to help the economy grow, e.g. Scotland. The LDs will adapt Australian points-based system that allows migrants to gain extra points for moving to areas that want more people.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “It's a one-way street to a remote controlled society. We need to revert to self control and social control, or we're in big trouble.”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I do NOT feel safer being watched - I do not want anyone to know where i am - cameras do NOT prevent crime or even lead to greater detection rates or solving of criminal activity. cameras, ID cards = NO THANKS”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    disagrees
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “There's not enough evidence that it works - and we're spending millions on it. The use of CCTV should be publicly debated with a review to its full regulation, and a Royal Commission should be established on its use and regulation.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Or, define 'best', 'raise' and 'family'.”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “It's the 21st century! I can hardly be bothered to go down this road. I'm a married (46 years) heterosexual. And? The GP manifesto is unequivocal on LGBT issues.”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    agrees
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    agrees
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Families do not have to conform to the conventional pattern as stated here to be successful.”
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We shouldn't limit or prescribe what makes for a strong relationship. Gay and lesbian couples are as good parents as heterosexual couples, and you don't have to be married to be committed to your partner.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “By the standards of honesty today. Which are flexible, to say the least. How many would hand in £100 (unmarked) they found in the street? Not many.”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Obviously - but the opportunities to act if not illegally (although any ordinary citizen would be considered to be doing so) then certainly immorally re: expenses, lobbying, etc are there and individuals are weak when it comes to money money money.”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    is neutral
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    agrees
    “as long as they are not found out then they only made a mistake”
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “The expenses scandal has undermined public confidence in politicians - people are rightly furious about it. The Lib Dems would introduce a 'recall' system in which constituents could force a by-election for any MP found to be corrupt wrongdoing.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Arts subsidy is a good thing, but an economic luxury. Right now, other things take precedence. Arts flourish in tough times, anyway. Good ones.”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Oh NO! Arts may be a pretty low priority to ordinary voters at election time but it is an absolute DUTY for the Government to ensure that diverse arts are promoted, supported, financed, encouraged, stimulated, sponsored, subsidised - you name it.”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    is neutral
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    disagrees
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “Most of the arts will never self-fund. It doesn't work!”
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Free access to museums and galleries made possible by subsidy gives all the opportunity to celebrate and enjoy our cultural heritage and in so doing helps us have a sense of what our society is today and how it has developed,”
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “No - arts funding is a duty for any government. Let's celebrate Britain's cultural wealth and nurture new talent.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “No surprise there, then. Actually, they could just repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and take it from there.”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Madness. The UK would sink outside the EU. This is a UKIP, ED lie. If you believe it, then vote for them. There's a whole heap of difference between being (healthily) sceptical and those who reduce the whole complexity of Europe to a 'get out' clause”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    disagrees
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Lib Dems believe that there should be an in/out referendum the next time a British Government signs up for fundamental change in the relationship between the UK and the EU, but we will campaign strongly for Britain to stay in the EU.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Iran with a nuclear weapon is a truly terrifying idea. We shouldn't have attacked Iraq for being nasty, but this is very different. Ideally not, of course.”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We must rein in our imperialistic anachronistic flirtation with efforts to superimpose our culture onto other countries, particularly those with vastly different ethnic, religious and demographic structures. Hello, we have nuclear weapons too”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    agrees
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    agrees
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Iran doesn't have any nuclear weapons at the moment and isn't close to developing one. We support action by the int'l community to stop Iran obtaining them, but oppose military action against Iran at present.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Actually as long as it takes them to achieve their objective. Which requires, first, setting one. Then withdraw successful, not beaten and humiliated.”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Withdraw our troops now - we should never have gone there anyway - it has made the situation worse, strengthened the cause of 'terrorists', increased opium production, alienated world and local opinion - and the foe was armed by the US anyway.”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    agrees
    “not sure we can walk away until the peace has been won”
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “We need to plan for our exit but not leave the Afghanistan people without a security structure that they can manage for themsleves. Premature withdrawal would be to let them down,”
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Lib Dems are critical supporters of the mission in Afghanistan. We believe that the new strategy is best hope for success. We do not believe we can turn Afghanistan into a modern democracy - but a more stable, secure Afghan. is in our interest.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    disagree
    Nigel Vidler (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    Steven Crowther (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Why do we give aid to Russia, India and China?”
    L'Anne Knight (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The Green party is committed to increasing our still-not-met measly target of 0.7% of GDP to 1%, ring-fenced, no strings. Plus of course we wholeheartedly support the 'Robin Hood' tax on financial transactions.”
    Gary Marshall (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Rodney Cann (Independent)
    is neutral
    “not sure we we provide aid the China and some of the more successful developing country s”
    Philip Milton (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    Mark Cann (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We should be proud of our record in both providing aid and in reducing the debt burden or LEDCs”
    Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Lib Dems are committed to working towards a world free from poverty, inequality and injustice. We'll increase the UK’s aid budget to reach the UN target of 0.7% of GNI by 2013 and enshrine that target in law & hold the G8 to its Gleneagles pledges.”

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