Every week the Central Somerset Gazette put a question to all prospective Parliamentary candidates. Below is the response from Jon Cousins.
Question: What makes you happy? What is your pet peeve? And can you tell us something unusual about yourself?
Spending time with my family makes me immeasurably happy. I’m blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people and to live in one of the most beautiful counties in the UK; that’s why I want to protect it! I enjoy ‘community’ and have worked in mine for over 15 years. I’m constantly impressed by people’s ability to come together and work co-operatively, from litter picking to developing social enterprises. It’s been a joy to support the development of gardeners’ groups, seed swaps, food co-ops, time banks, and Transition groups across Somerset and awe-inspiring to see projects like Glastonbury’s Harvest Show, from its humble beginnings; just couple of people chatting in a café, to its manifestation as the full-blown annual event it has become. I enjoy a challenge and I am rather enjoying the hustings at the moment. I like a good debate and get a kick out of sparring! I am incensed by injustice, prejudice and inequality of any kind. I will always stick up for the underdog! Something unusual? Well… for many years I was ‘Old Father Christmas’ in the traditional Mummers’ Play that takes place each Christmas Eve in the village of Lacock…
Yes that was me! [laughs]
Jon Cousins is one of Glastonbury’s Green Town Councillors, Chair of Glastonbury Town Hall, and Prospective Green MP for Wells. A seasoned community activist, organiser, and green campaigner, he currently works with the co-operative movement in the UK and Europe.