Sunday, March 29, 2009

Jury Team Profile - Austin Compson-Bradford

Here are the responses for Austin Compson-Bradford who is running in the Jury Team Primary in Scotland. The link to his Jury Team Profile is here.

As with some of the others, I have shortened some of Austins responses in the True/False section, but I have indicated where I have done this. This is not to misrepresent Austin, but to allow analysis between candidates on like for like responses. Austin is free to elaborate on any points in the comments field, and everyone else is free to ask questions there too.

If you like what you have read, you can vote for Austin by texting AUSCOM01 to 86837 (25p + usual mobile rate).

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.
A; False [response shortened]

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.
A; True [response shortened]

3. The EU is fundamentally undemocratic in how it is made up and how it functions.
A; True

4. If elected to the EU Parliament I will always vote in favour of returning legislative powers to member states.
A; False [response shortened]

5. Counties like Iceland and Norway should be made to join the EU.
A; False [response shortened]

6. Ireland was wrong to vote NO in their referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
A; False [response shortened]

7. The main reason why people are against the EU in the UK is because the Tabloid media runs scare stories.
A; False

8. I believe the UK should be a part of a federal Europe, whether as the UK or as component nations or regions.
A: True [response shortened]

9. The UK should leave the EU as swiftly and as amicably as possible.
A; False

10. The UK Parliament should be sovereign. No laws made by the EU should be above the law making decisions of the UK Parliament.
A; False

11. The UK and France should give up their seats on the UN Security Council in favour of an EU representative.
A; False [response shortened]

12. The city of London and UK financial institutions should be regulated by the EU.
A; False [response shortened]

13. The EU has kept peace in Europe for 60 years.
A; True

14. If the UK left the EU, it’s economy would never recover.
A; neither true or false [response shortened]

15. Plans should be made for the UK to join the EURO within the next five year sitting of the EU parliament
A; False

16. UK armed forces should answer to a European Military Chain of Command.
A; False

17. The EU should be allowed to collect taxes directly from European citizens and/or businesses.
A; False [response shortened]

18. There will never be war in Europe as long as the EU is strong.
A: I hope not its our best chance of peace in Europe

19. The UK should not be allowed to declare war without the approval of the EU
A; True

20. The UK should be allowed a referendum whether it accepts the EU Lisbon Constitutional Treaty before it comes into force.
A; True

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.
A: An area to be very careful in as until we know what freedoms

22. The EU should have control of EU wide policing to make standard the same across Europe, as well as centrally gather intelligence.
A; currently false [response shortened]

23. UK Common Law is incompatible with European Courts. We should protect Common Law.
A; False [response shortened]

24. People who stand opposed to the EU should be punished.
A; Absolutely False [response shortened]

25. The Eurovision Song Contest is a wonderful form of European entertainment and the voting is in no way rigged.
A: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No Comment

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?
A: All the MEPs claims should be current an active, a link should be make so that when you click on an MEPs a link can be made to the accounts department in Strasbourg and the accounts can be viewed at any tim, the same should be done for MPs

Q. Have you ever stood for an elected position before?
A; No

Q. Do you have you own website or blog?
A; Currently No, but I am struggling with the technology at the moment

Q. Do you regularly read any particular newspapers or magazines? Who are your favourite writers/Journalists?
A; I read both the local papers and the times on Sunday, love a man with two dogs in the courier, Jason Allerdyce and Andrew Marr

Q. Why did you decide to stand for Jury Team instead of an existing political party?
A; I am very tired of the current system and when you look at our politicians, and the exorbitant claims, fraud etc. like Mandleson who may legally be innocent, but is morally corrupt and is just brought back into power again. Or ministers who claim for items they are not entitled, maybe within the rules, but it is not right. I want to honesty and openness in politics. Towing the party line when you know the people who elected you do not agree, like the invasion of Iraq, it strikes me the people where right and the parties wrong, or the banks I have heard many ordinary people speak that the situation of soft touch regulation was wrong. But the Partys did not listen and where has that got us, we need people who will listen!

Q. What is the very first thing you will do in your official capacity if elected?
A; Campaign for more democracy in the EU

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.
A; This is the most difficult of all, as I am not a politician. I have grown very disappointed in the current situation and heard Sir Paul speak on TV, then had a look on the Jury team wed site and no one had put there name down for Scotland, so I though I would get the ball rolling. There could well be much better people than me. My main asset is that I will listen to the votes and put there views forward

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