Every week the Central Somerset Gazette put a question to all prospective Parliamentary candidates. Below is the response from Jon Cousins.
Question: Who or what do you think holds the biggest responsibility for the state of the nation’s finances?
“Who caused our country’s problems: the bankers who plunged us into economic disaster, the expenses-milking politicians who have the cheek to lecture us on benefit fraud, the wealthy tax-dodgers keeping £25 billion a year from the Exchequer, the poverty wagepaying bosses and rip-off rent-charging landlords; or Indian nurses and Polish fruit pickers?”
~ Owen Jones, Columnist
Whenever James Heappey refers to Green policies, he muses, “Of course, they’d be a disaster for our economy!” Has he completely failed to understand the present economic disaster? Is he so cosetted as to have never encountered anyone enduring fuel poverty? Anyone who has lost their job, seen their income dramatically reduced as a result of the ConDems? Is he so utterly oblivious to the punishing effect of austerity on ordinary decent hard-working people? Perhaps James is one of the winners; the fortunate few untouched by the current financial disaster? When High Street Banks have the right to create money through lending more than the actual currency minted by the central bank… the words ‘recipe’ and ‘disaster’ spring immediately to mind. As our very own Caroline Lucas put it, “It wasn’t the poor who caused the economic crisis..”
Vote Green and change the tune!
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.