Sunday, March 29, 2009

Jury Team Profile - Lyn Tofari

Here is the responses to my questions from Lyn Tofari who is running in the South East

Lyn's full Jury Team profile can be viewed here.

If would like to vote for Lyn in the Primary, text LYNTOF01 to 86837 (25p + Standard Rate)

Lyn is free to add any additional comments in the comments section, and feel free to leave your comments and questions there too. If you would prefer to contact Lyn direct, her details are on her Jury Team profile.

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.
Not always

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.
Referendum, please

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.
False [response shortened]

23. UK Common Law is incompatible with European Courts. We should protect Common Law.
Possibly True

24. People who stand opposed to the EU should be punished.

25. The Eurovision Song Contest is a wonderful form of European entertainment and the voting is in no way rigged.
LOL! You think

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?
The most sensible way would be use a dedicated account for any expenses incurred. I already have a landline from my District Council days and would use a Pay As You Go mobile phone. I would publish my expenses in spreadsheet form on my website on a monthly basis.

Q. Have you ever stood for an elected position before?
Yes, in 2003 I was elected to South Bucks District Council as an Independent, where I was a member of the Licensing Committee, Environment Policy Advisory Group and the Community, Safety & leisure PAG.

Q. Do you have you own website or blog?
Under construction

Q. Do you regularly read any particular newspapers or magazines?
Who are your favourite writers/Journalists?Not any particular writer/publication. Often catch up with news via internet or radio.

Q. Why did you decide to stand for Jury Team instead of an existing political party?
I have never been keen on the idea of being ‘whipped’, especially if the constituents take an opposing view to a Party view. People before Party

Q. What is the very first thing you will do in your official capacity if elected?
Get totally up to speed on the Lisbon Treaty and I would set up systems for constituents to contact me with issues of concern to them.

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.
Once I take on a project I become totally committed and where my knowledge is lacking I endeavour to speedily remedy the situation. If solutions are not readily available I look for ways to bring about a satisfactory outcome for the constituency.

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