Sunday, April 05, 2009

Jury Team Profile - "Debbie" Sharmayne Seepersad

Here is the latest Jury Team response to my invitation to Jury Team candidates. Here are the responses from "Debbie" Sharmayne Seepersad who is running in the London Primary.

You can view Debbie's full Jury Team profile, here.

If you would like to vote fir Debbie in the primary, text SHASEE01 to 86837 (25p + Standard Rate).

You can contact Debbie via her contact details on her Jury Team page, or you can leave questions and comments in the comments field of this post.

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.

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?
Published weekly via website without any ‘other’ mysterious expenses and as and when it is asked for.

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?
I read the Daily Mail, (like some of it, hate a lot more) the Independent (like a lot of it), the Times (law reports, education and some current affairs) A mass of local and minority newspapers. I do not have favourite writers; I have writers I particularly dislike though.

Q. Why did you decide to stand for Jury Team instead of an existing political party?
Existing political parties have proven to be wholly inadequate, they fail the voter frequently and there has been no other real alternative for decades. Political parties of today are like commercial advertising, in their urge to attract voters from all walks of life they offer bargains which manifest themselves as watered down policies that seem to please the majority but in reality they are like wisps of smoke. After the election is over the smoke clears and we the voter is left with nothing tangible to show why we voted in the first place. We need young people to vote as they are the future of the country, however they are generally so detached from politics they are unable to make informed decisions. The reason is simple, parents are not able to show the value of voting and therefore we are unable to influence the apathy in young people. Juryteam is the first party which offers the untrained and unsullied citizen the opportunity to represent this country. I use the words untrained to indicate the lack of training by the old school, the words unsullied because we have not been dirtied by the existing inadequacies that prevail in other political parties. To add to this, the variety of people who have applied to be candidates for London reflects the region far more than any other political party which is true democracy at work.

Q. What is the very first thing you will do in your official capacity if elected?
Introduce a system which will allow all UK citizens to meet other EU citizens and experience each other’s cultures for one week each year, the cost of which will be subsidised by the EU. This will not be for the purpose of work but solely for the purpose of fostering a real EU community in the manner it was intended to be at the beginning. The EU began as a dream of making Europe a wealthy and close knit community and it started well with the establishment of laws on the free passage of goods, but greed has subsequently made these ideals rotten and detrimental to all of us in one way or another. We should encourage our children to get involved in the running of the EU. School exchange programmes and work exchange programmes are also good ideas to implement. I believe that in order for the EU to continue to survive and improve it must be handed to the ordinary citizens who are sick of wars, over spending on useless strategies and bureaucrats who make decisions for us based upon their own petty greed. Europe belongs to its people not to officialdom with huge salaries.

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 would ask for your vote because I understand the development of the laws which govern the EU. I have followed its progress through one treaty after another, and I am aware of when the EU became a burdensome authority which failed to serve its people. I believe after all the progress and sacrifices we have made for the EU it would be a failure on our part if we give up and go home empty handed. If anything after all this time we should spend a little time trying to correct the problem, nothing can force us to stay in the future, but it is worth one more try before we walk away. I would like to influence any future changes.

It has become the habit of all political institutions to spend time and our money on finding ways of making the ordinary person pay and pay. In the UK we pay more than any other EU member for travel permits to work as well as the everyday things that we depend on to keep us alive. Where does all the money go to? It goes on people who sit and think of ways of making us pay, whilst they submit huge expense sheets. The ordinary person paid for the establishment of the EU and for this reason I would like to ensure that some of that money is given back to us. I would like to make it a rule that no politician can claim for any home that was bought after they were elected to office.

I could not understand the payment of inflated bonuses to the members of the banking fiasco. I sorely wanted to look at the contract that reads we will pay you even when we don’t have the money. There is an implied term in every contract that the money should exist for the payment of those bonuses. The money was not the banks it was the taxpayers, yet we have not been offered the shares purchased with our money. I don’t care what Mr Brown says, and it is my belief that he knows he will be looking for a job soon within the same echelons as that inhabited by those involved in the banking fiasco. Give the taxpayers the shares Mr Brown they belong to us. It is true that EU legislation has forced us to privatise many of the companies in this country, why were these shares not offered to ordinary citizens. If I am elected I would ensure that all privatisations went on first offer the ordinary person and not to fat cat companies that squeeze the life out of us.

Newspapers do not in large reflect the needs of the ordinary individual, politicians read newspapers and that is how they believe they are serving us. Politicians need to be contact with the people. We should be able to contact our MP’s and I will set up my own website if I am elected so you can tell me what you wish me to do. I want to change the face of politics as it is now; it is out dated and useless as a functioning tool of democracy.

I would like to say lastly I am a doer not a talker, if my answers are not long winded it is because talking over and over again takes away the impetus and arms others against you. Much of political life is like a chess game and you do not tell your opponent how to arm himself effectively against you. I am honest and straight-forward, and I am not overly fond of political waffle. I believe in the strength of the ordinary individual and rewarding the individual for being patient and hardworking. I also believe that failure should not be rewarded. The citizens of the EU should have received tax rebates as part of the rescue package devised by their governments.

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