Friday, March 27, 2009

Jury Team Profile - Ian Tyes

Here is the second of what will be a series of profiles of Jury Team Candidates. Here are the responses from Ian Tyes from Cambridge.

You can view Ian's Jury Team profile page, here.

If you would like to vote for Ian in the primary, please text IANTYE01 to 86837.

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. (False)

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. (TRUE)

3. The EU is fundamentally undemocratic in how it is made up and how it functions. (TRUE)

4. If elected to the EU Parliament I will always vote in favour of returning legislative powers to member states. (It depends)

5. Counties like Iceland and Norway should be made to join the EU. (FALSE)

6. Ireland was wrong to vote NO in their referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. (FALSE – it is up to them)

7. The main reason why people are against the EU in the UK is because the Tabloid media runs scare stories. (One of the main reasons)

8. I believe the UK should be a part of a federal Europe, whether as the UK or as component nations or regions. (TRUE)

9. The UK should leave the EU as swiftly and as amicably as possible. (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. (FALSE)

11. The UK and France should give up their seats on the UN Security Council in favour of an EU representative. (TRUE)

12. The city of London and UK financial institutions should be regulated by the EU. I thought they were anyway! (TRUE)

13. The EU has kept peace in Europe for 60 years. (One major factor)

14. If the UK left the EU, it’s economy would never recover. (FALSE)

15. Plans should be made for the UK to join the EURO within the next five year sitting of the EU parliament (NO WAY)

UK armed forces should answer to a European Military Chain of Command. (In certain circumstances)

The EU should be allowed to collect taxes directly from European citizens and/or businesses. (FALSE)

There will never be war in Europe as long as the EU is strong. (I hope this is true)

19. The UK should not be allowed to declare war without the approval of the EU. (false)

20. The UK should be allowed a referendum whether it accepts the EU Lisbon Constitutional Treaty before it comes into force. (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. (Given up too much already – NO MORE)

22. The EU should have control of EU wide policing to make standard the same across Europe, as well as centrally gather intelligence. (In certain circumstances)

23. UK Common Law is incompatible with European Courts. We should protect Common Law. (FALSE – EU law is supreme)

24. People who stand opposed to the EU should be punished. (FALSE – freedom of speech is enshrined)

25. The Eurovision Song Contest is a wonderful form of European entertainment and the voting is in no way rigged. (Don’t know – looks political to me)

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?
I would hope that it could be displayed on my website at the end of each month.

Q. Have you ever stood for an elected position before?
Not for public office, only for voluntary organisations such as residents associations.

Q. Do you have you own website or blog?
Still working on them

Q. Do you regularly read any particular newspapers or magazines? Who are your favourite writers/Journalists?.
Only my local - the Cambridge Evening News. National newspapers opinions’ are of no interest to me – I want to know what is happening sop get my news from the Internet where I can choose the stories I feel are important, not what the prejudiced newspaper editors believe are important.

Q. Why did you decide to stand for Jury Team instead of an existing political party?
I believe that I have useful ideas to improve the UK. In existing political parties I have to start by accepting the centrally decided policies and cannot change them unless I can convince a majority of people on each issue – takes too long and far too unlikely to succeed – I tried in Labour for a few years – waste of time. Plus if the party had policies the whole party believed in, they would not need whips to force people to vote for them. I like the JURY TEAM’s approach of allowing individual candidates to project their own policies – if I cannot convince my own party, why should I believe I can convince the country?

Q. What is the very first thing you will do in your official capacity if elected? Challenge the discrimination in the benefits and tax credits system, which creates a ‘winner takes all’ system of 100% to the main carer, normally the mother, nothing to the father. This is unfair and discriminatory and should be shared equally – it takes two parents to make a child and it takes two to bring the child up properly.

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.
I have worked as a Citizen’s Advice Bureau volunteer for 3 years, I am a member of the Committee for the Cambridgeshire Older People’s Enterprise, I run the local Families Need Fathers support group and I am a qualified Engineer and a qualified Solicitor, looking for a position working in Human Rights Test cases. I have a wide knowledge of the problems in the UK, and mirrored elsewhere to a greater or lesser extent throughout the EU.

I have seen the existing political parties’ attempts to sort out the mess of ‘Break Down Britain’ and have seen the fact that they are stuck in simply doing ‘more of the same’ as their only answer. Because they have strong centralised control over thought and action, they have no chance of seriously changing direction to improve things for the majority of citizens.

I believe that I have numerous proposals, which have a far greater likelihood of success than existing policies – because I am prepared to consider any parties’ ideas, not simply limited to one train of thought. I am open to logical argument and am prepared to accept I am wrong. In areas where I have limited knowledge, I would invite everyone to post their views on my web-site and could then be guided by the majority in voting, I believe in interactional politics on a regular basis, not simply a cross on a piece of paper every 5 years. Check out my web-pages and see some of my proposals. Vote for me and join me in changing Britain for the better for everyone, not just the minority targeted by the existing political parties.

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