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Wessex Regionalists
Colin Bex
(Wessex Regionalists)
Conservative Party
David Cameron
(Conservative Party)
Labour Party
Joe Goldberg
(Labour Party)
Independent
Aaron Barschak
(Independent)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • The council should provide subsidies to ensure direct coach links from Carterton/Witney to London.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “this is essential”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “I agree with the principle, but wonder how far ratepayers can be made liable for such a scheme. At least the link between Carterton and Oxford could be improved, as the Oxford-London coach service is so good.”
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    agrees
    “This should be an interim solution until the railway is reopened. There has to be a proper transport policy.”
  • An efficient transport link (light railway) should be built from Oxford to Witney to relieve congestion on A40.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “long overdue,whoever designed the current obstacle route should be shot”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I suspect cost would prevent this otherwise admirable proposal. More likely to succeed would be considerable improvement to the A40.”
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “the railway should continue to Carterton. I initiated a campaign to reopen the railway in the late 90s, but was blocked at County Council level. I was responsible for the Pre-feasibility Study that was carried out.”
  • Local rural roads should be better maintained and more should be spent on them.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “I campaigned for this,when on the local council 30 years ago”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    agrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    is neutral
    “There has to be an integrated transport policy for the whole county,”
  • Nights operations from RAF Brize Norton should be restricted for the benefit of local residents.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “but in reality there is not excessive use at night unless there is an emergency”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “Night operations are already restricted and only essential flights take place between certain hours. We are at war.”
  • There should be more speed restrictions in rural villages.
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    disagree
    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    agrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    disagrees
    “The speed limits in place are sufficient.”
  • 3G networks should expanded across the area and subsidised if needed.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “essential for businesses to enable local people to work locally”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Private communications are commercial matters and should not be subsidised.”

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
    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “I agree, with the proviso that higher earners' taxation should not be so punitive as to drive business from the country. That is what happened under Harold Wilson, with disastrous effects.”
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    is neutral
    “The lower earners should be brought out of the tax bracket altogether. There could be a proporionate cut in the welfare system.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “abolish QUANGO's and interference would be limited quickly and easily”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Of course, much or mot interference reflects thousands of EU directives.”
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “The British Government gold plates EU legislation, which is itself too restrictive.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    disagree
    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    is neutral
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Government should ensure that, following 'climategate' that any decisions it takes are based on good science.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “IMF should be brought in at the outset of the new Parliament”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Britain already is hugely unequal. It is the country's major problem.”
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    is neutral
    “The question is not clear. Unequal internally or externally.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “all local and national government employees should have a pension and pay freeze”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “I just don't think we can do this at the moment. We need to maintain quality services but may have to do this with less money, not more.”
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    is neutral
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    agrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “I don't see how this is possible.”
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    disagrees
    “We should carry out a review of services and seek to reduce expenditure by cutting waste and shedding surplus staff.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Tax incentives should aid this and means test applied to the draw down on state pensions”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “It's a two way street and not everybody has the means to provide for their retirement, some struggle to meet everyday living costs now, never mind for the future.”
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I agree in principle, but there will be many who for one reason or another cannot provide for themselves.”
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    disagrees
    “People in the US provided for their retirement and were left poverty stricken when their investments became worthless. There must be a safety net.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    is neutral
    “but all imigrants should be the responsibility of their country of domicile and no benefits paid by us”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “We need to better understand immigration, the effect it has and manage it better.”
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “We are overcrowded. Immigration policy must be seen to be fair to both migrants and permanent residents. Proportionate controls are needed.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “too much of big brother altogether”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “We are watched far too much.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Caring, loving people, single or in a relationship, male or female, are best for raising families.”
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    is neutral
    “A loving home provides the best environment in which to raise a family.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “they have proved themselves otherwise”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Politicians are ambitious. There will always be people who put persoanl gain above the common good.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “we should try always to keep within our country that which is already here,free access to museums and galleries”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    is neutral
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “I agree in general, but believe there is a valid argument for restricted areas of subsidy.”
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    is neutral
    “The arts have always had sponsorhip from wealthy patrons. Subsidy and support should be on a case by case basis, but is better done at local level.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “we should safe guard our sovereignty”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “The EU is over-bureaucratic, centralist and undemocratic.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “our home boarders are more important”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    is neutral
    “The UK should not be America's poodle and should not seek to protect Israel at the cost of British lives. The UK should only support UN actions.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “the Russians gave up why should we think we can do more than lose lives”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “'As long as they are needed' begs the question a little! I am opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    is neutral
    “There has to be a review of what we are achieving in Afghanistan. If the conclusion is that we can achieve no more then there should be an orderly withdrawal.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    disagree
    Johnnie Cook (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “charity begins at home”
    Dawn Barnes (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Howling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Macdonald (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Nikolai Tolstoy (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Wesson (Independent)
    agrees
    “Britain gives foreign aid to countries such as China and India that have space programmes and nuclear weapons. They don't need our money in the way poor countries do.”

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