Tuesday, March 24, 2009

An Invitation To Jury Team

I am interested in the Jury Team story so far, and am looking to find out a little more about the candidates in my area. So I thought I might open up the blog to anyone who is running for Jury Team throughout the UK to have their say.

I am not just going to hand the blog over to Jury Team. But if you are a candidate and would like a referral from here, read the below and email me with your answers to daniel1979blog[at]gmail.com I will publish your answers on this blog.

Should anybody have any further questions for you they will then be able to raise them in the comments field of your post. Do not just stick your answers in the comments of this post, email me and then if more that one candidate responds, I will give you each a separate post. In that post I will link to your Jury Team Page, post a photo and give details of how you can be voted for. (You should also, if you don't have already a unique blogger ID and advise that in your email so that if you want to respond to further queries we can know it is you and not some one posing as you)

I have devised some statements for you to answer True or False to, so that I can get a better understanding of your views on the EU. Please answer these and then go on to the questions below which will allow you in your own words help us to understand you and the Jury Team process better.

Please answer True or False to these statements:

1. The EU should have even more control over the governing of member states including the UK.
2. The EU is the future of Continental Europe; the UK should be less resistant to this and more willing to be engaged with EU partners.
3. The EU is fundamentally undemocratic in how it is made up and how it functions.
4. If elected to the EU Parliament I will always vote in favour of returning legislative powers to member states.
5. Counties like Iceland and Norway should be made to join the EU.
6. Ireland was wrong to vote NO in their referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
7. The main reason why people are against the EU in the UK is because the Tabloid media runs scare stories.
8. I believe the UK should be a part of a federal Europe, whether as the UK or as component nations or regions.
9. The UK should leave the EU as swiftly and as amicably as possible.
10. The UK Parliament should be sovereign. No laws made by the EU should be above the law making decisions of the UK Parliament.
11. The UK and France should give up their seats on the UN Security Council in favour of an EU representative.
12. The city of London and UK financial institutions should be regulated by the EU.
13. The EU has kept peace in Europe for 60 years.
14. If the UK left the EU, it’s economy would never recover.
15. Plans should be made for the UK to join the EURO within the next five year sitting of the EU parliament
16. UK armed forces should answer to a European Military Chain of Command.
17. The EU should be allowed to collect taxes directly from European citizens and/or businesses.
18. There will never be war in Europe as long as the EU is strong.
19. The UK should not be allowed to declare war without the approval of the EU
20. The UK should be allowed a referendum whether it accepts the EU Lisbon Constitutional Treaty before it comes into force.
21. I am prepared to give up some small freedoms so that the UK and/or the EU governments can better protect us from terrorists.
22. The EU should have control of EU wide policing to make standard the same across Europe, as well as centrally gather intelligence.
23. UK Common Law is incompatible with European Courts. We should protect Common Law.
24. People who stand opposed to the EU should be punished.
And because I could not resist
25. The Eurovision Song Contest is a wonderful form of European entertainment and the voting is in no way rigged.

In no more than 200 words for each question, please tell us about the following:

Q. If you are elected to the EU Parliament, by what method and frequency will your expenses be made public?

Q. Have you ever stood for an elected position before?

Q. Do you have you own website or blog?

Q. Do you regularly read any particular newspapers or magazines? Who are your favourite writers/Journalists?

Q. Why did you decide to stand for Jury Team instead of an existing political party?

Q. What is the very first thing you will do in your official capacity if elected?

Q. And, as you have been good enough to answer the above, in no more than 1,000 of your own words, tell us why we should vote for you.


Morus said...

Daniel1979 - a really interesting excercise, and one I'm happy to support in any way I can.

Tomorrow, I'll send a link to this questionnaire to each of the candidates who have completed their profiles, and the many many more who are in the process of completing them.

I'll also advertise this on our blog.

Pete said...

Well done, Morus, Daniel should get the widest publicity possible IMNSHO

Daniel1979 said...

Thanks Morus, no emails received as yet.

pop said...

You should have an email now!


Candidate for the South East.

eddowding said...

Hi there - I'm a candidate from the South West -- would you like our answers, too? You can get some first impressions at www.electEd.in

Thanks Daniel - a great exercise in democracy!

Sally Smith said...

How unfair is that! Here I am answering every possible incoming message, comment and call but because I never received anything from Daniel, I am not given a chance to obtain his vote or get a presence on his blog.

Technology is not always the fairest way forward for democracy!

Sally Smith, South West Region.

Daniel1979 said...


My invitation was posted here but it was Jury Team who sent an email out to all candidates with my original post included.

I got my first response on 25th March, Perhaps you could check you emails for around this date.

Even if it is not, it is not too late to copy and paste this across to a word doc. and send me your responses now.