European Parliamentary Elections
Written by Andy Halsall on 22 May, 2014 - 00:38
We've been fighting the European Parliamentary Elections on policy, so it was great to be contacted by 38 Degrees about our positions on a range of issues, we responded, but I thought you might like to read a little bit more about how 38 Degrees arrived at their score card and of course what we said!
In the run up 150,000 38 Degrees members were asked to vote on the issues that were their top priorities for the EU Election. The issues were put together by 38 degrees and included campaign topics and suggestions from their membership. The result of the vote there were six issues that 38 Degrees members wanted to prioritise, these were:
- protecting our public services and environment from TTIP (The Trans-atlantic trade and Investment Partnership).
- protecting our Bees from poisonous pesticides
- cracking down on tax-dodging
- protecting our private data through stronger rules on data protection
- getting stronger employment rights for workers
- getting stronger targets for reducing carbon emissions to protect our climate
A short video in response to two videos put out by larger UK political parties that are entirely geared toward ridiculing their respective party leaders.
Rather than taking the mickey out of anyone, we thought we'd emphasise a few policies.
Thursday, 8 May, 2014 - 06:15
Written by Maria Aretoulaki on 30 April, 2014 - 15:27
Unfortunately, the current political rhetoric on the subject of EU membership focuses on "immigration" and "foreigners coming here and stealing our jobs". Nobody is talking about all the "foreigners" who come here and pay taxes which fund UK schools and UK hospitals, nor of the "foreigners" who set up businesses here and give Brits jobs (as well as contribute to the growth of the UK Economy). And of course nobody is talking about all the Brits who emigrate and thrive in other EU countries. Even less do we speak of all the "Bloody EU Regulations, coming to this country and giving us rights!" to adapt the Tweet shown here. We all need to rethink our relationship with the EU, as well as demand its democratic reform. What we need is Family therapy. It would be wrong to go straight for Divorce.
The first step is of course to go out and vote in the European Parliamentary Elections! And vote for candidates who stand for democracy and civil and human rights. The fewer people go out and vote, the less representative of our will, beliefs, and needs the appointed MEPs are going to be. This is what brings fascists into power: apathy and scapegoats.