- Labour Party and Business: A Difficult Relationship?
- Chameleon Conservative Cameron Shows True Colours
- An Election Reflection for a Majority Minority
- Mhairi Black: Giving Politics a Makeover
- Galloway Threatens Legal Action Over Election Result
- Voter Turnout: What The Numbers Tell Us About The 2015 General Election
- Looking At The Reaction to the Election Explains its Result
- The Polls Were Wrong Because People Lied, it’s That Simple!
- Russell Brand “Resigns” from Politics following General Election Result
- It’s Not The Cold War Anymore, We Don’t Need a Nuclear Deterrent
- The Future of Labour: Who Will Be The Next Leader?
- The Future of the Liberal Democrats: Who Will Be the Next Leader?
- The Future of UKIP: Who Will Be the Next Leader?
- A Tale of Three Ends
- The Tory Legacy
- If the Party Leaders were characters from Friends…who would you vote for?
- The Ten (Well, Six) Commitments: Is Stone Legally Binding?
- Tuition Fees: A Hollow Attempt to Pander to the Student Vote?
- 6,417 Ed Milligrams – What Do You Actually Vote For?
- Boris Johnson to become Gangster Rapper
- Political Engagement: The Calm After the Storm
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview: Green Party’s John Spottiswoode.
- Parliamentary Candidate Interviews: TUSC’s Sue Atkins
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview, Independent Candidate Chris Daviss
- “I don’t think the Liberal Democrats should be in government just for the sake of it” – An Interview With Nick Clegg
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview, TUSC’s Nick Chaffey
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview: Conservative’s Jeremy Moulton.
- Should Young People Be Made To Vote?
- The Nationalist Parties
- No Votes for Women?
- None of the Political Candidates Ticking Your Box? There is Another Option.
- The Other Parties
- Liberal Democrats Party Profile
- The Green Party
- Labour Party Profile
- In Defence of the Coalition
- Why Labour Should Win the Election But Won’t
- The Protest Vote: The Weapon of the Disenfranchised.
- Why Young People Must Use Their Vote
- An Interview With Natalie Bennett
- What Will a Multi-Party System Mean for Britain?
- Tuition Fees: Must Try Harder Ed
- Science and Policy
- This Election is Far Bigger Than Party Politics
- Parliamentary Candidate Interviews: Ian Callaghan, Green Party
- Parliamentary Candidate Interviews: Lib Dem’s Adrian Ford
- Paliamentary Candidate Interview – Labour’s Darren Paffey
- Parliamentary Candidates Interviews: Lib Dem’s Eleanor Bell
- TV Debates: The Crucifixion of David Cameron
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview – Labour’s Rowenna Davis
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview, the Green Party’s Angela Mawle
- Can We Trust Politicians Who Act Like Schoolchildren?
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview – UKIP’s Sandra James
- Manifesto Focus: Labour
- Why Nuclear Weapons Are Imperative For The UK’s Security
- Southampton’s Role in the General Election Should Not Be Overshadowed by a Sausage Roll
- Just When You Thought UKIP Couldn’t Do Anything Right…
- What the Hell Do You Want?
- Which Political Leader Are You?
- The EU: To Be or Not To Be
- Your 2015 General Election Candidates
- What a Silly Sausage: Southampton UKIP Candidate Accused of Bribery
- UKIP Party Profile
- Conservative Party Profile
- The Leaders Debate: The Insurgents, The Pretender & The Incumbent
- SUPA’s Short and Sweet Guide to Voting on 7th May
- TV Debate: Clash of the Titans
- Leaders Debate Brings Hope For Progressive Politics
- TV Debates: David Cameron and Ed Miliband Versus Britain
- 14,000 Voters Missing From Electoral Role in Southampton – Register to Vote Now!
- Men’s Rights Party Set To Contest in General Elections
- A Royal Coup? – Queen Guitarist Brian May Considering Standing for Election
- Debating Over Debates
- Galloway Demands Inclusion in TV Debates
- The General Election 2015 – A Disunited Kingdom?
- 99 Days To Go: The Most Unpredictable Election Yet!
- Poll Indicates Demand for Green Party to be Included in Election Debates
- Have You Registered To Vote?
- Is Sol Campbell running for Parliament?
- Salmond to Stand as MP
- Students May Hold the Key!
- The Green Party Should Not Be Included in the 2015 General Election Debates
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview: Alan Whitehead MP
- What’s at Stake for Students in the General Election?
- It’s Time For Politicians To Get Down With The Kids
- The Debates Debate
- Who Will Run The Country in 2015?
- New Year, New Government? New Politics?
- Newly Elected Itchen MP Accused of Helping UKIP Secure Labour Votes
In the run up to the 2015 General Election, Wessex Scene are interviewing the candidates running in all three Southampton Constituencies. Here, I interview Green Party Candidate for Southampton Itchen, John Spotiswoode.
Johanna Blee:What will be your number one priority if elected?
John Spottiswoode: I have many priorities. Changing the tax system is the biggest, so the poor are lifted out of poverty and the rich pay their fair share. Scrapping Trident is also an urgent item.
JB: What can you offer students?
JS: We would scrap tuition fees, write off tuition debts and protect tenants’ rights in rented housing. We would also improve education in many ways such as class sizes of 20, exclusively qualified teachers, and changing the ‘tick box’ culture including scrapping of OFSTED.
JB: What about your background/ experience do you feel sets you apart from the other candidates?
JS: I am not a career politician and I have always stood for the poor and beaten down. I have chaired several Southampton major campaigns, such as successfully with Hampshire Against Fluoridation and less so with the Yes to Fair Votes (Southampton wing of the national campaign).
JB: With your particular interest in economics, how would you respond to criticism that the Green Party’s policies are idealistic and financially fanciful?
JS: That comes from people who do not understand economics, or simply want to smear the Green Party. In fact our core economic policy of a Citizens Income was originally proposed by the top monetarist economist Milton Friedman and is a thoroughly economically sound approach. The details would have to be worked out in government but the approach is solid economically. Our commitments on extra funding are balanced by commitments such as a wealth tax a Robin Hood tax and stopping tax dodging.
JB: Having seen in the previous government a lot of students feeling let down by the U-turn made by the Liberal democrats regarding tuition fees. If elected as an MP of a minority party how would you realistically go about implementing controversial policies? Would compromises be made and if so on which issues?
JS: The Green Party have said that we would not go into coalition with anyone but would support issues on a case by case basis where we agree with them. If there is a roadmap to achieve our ultimate aims whilst doing it gradually in steps then that may also be acceptable.
JB: As the city with the first green council and MP, Brighton is often looked to as an example of Green party politics. What do you think of the problems surrounding, for example, their poor recycling record? And Caroline Lucas’ ‘hands on’ approach to protesting? If elected how would your local approach differ/coincide with the one taken in Brighton?
JS: The Green administration in Brighton is a minority administration. Therefore the Green Party needs the votes of other Parties to get things passed. It often appears like the other big Parties would prefer that the first Green Council to fail by obstructing implementation of our policies. Despite this progress is being made in things like a Living Wage for Council staff, 20 mph speed limits, ‘no evictions policy’ and keeping the City’s libraries open (unlike Southampton). I thoroughly support Caroline Lucas and her hands on approach to protesting. The situation in Southampton and Brighton is different but the objectives would be broadly similar.
A list of all candidates running in Southampton and Winchester can be seen here.