Friday, 23 January 2015

Question From PSC supporter

Thank you for your questions about what action I will take to support Palestinian human rights. 

My answers are as follows:

1. I urge the UK Government to uphold the principles of equality, human rights and international law in all its relations and dealings with Israel.

Answer; Yes Israel should obey international law just as every other country. 

Our policy "IP610 The Green Party supports calls for mutual recognition of the rights of independent statehood and for recognised, agreed and secure borders for
Palestinians and Israelis in Palestine; a rapid end to the violence and de-escalation of the arms build-up in the region; implementation of UN resolutions 194, 242 and 338 which followed the wars of 1948, 1967 and 1973; international assistance so that the new Palestinian state can develop self-reliance in land, water, food production, basic services and industries; long-term exploration of the possibility of establishing a confederation with neighbouring states, with free and equal access for each state's citizens."

2. I consider the construction of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be illegal and unjustifiable.
Yes our policy  IP630 The Green Party calls on Israel to evacuate the illegal settlements within the occupied territories of Palestine.

3. Do you agree that one of the first acts of the next UK Government should be the recognition of Palestine?

Yes as above; "The Green Party supports calls for mutual recognition of the rights of independent statehood and for recognised, agreed and secure borders for Palestinians and Israelis"

4. Do you agree that the blockade on Gaza should be lifted immediately?
Yes the Green Party wants an immediate end to the blockade. 

5. Do you agree that we should stop trade with Israel's settlements on Palestinian land, and stop settlement goods being sold in Britain?

Yes "The Green Party does not have a specific policy on banning of goods produced in settlements, but we support the right of individuals to boycott goods produced by particular corporations and countries based on their human rights record." 

6. Do you agree that the EU Israel Association Agreement should be suspended until Israel meets its human rights obligations? 

This quote is a few years ago but covers this; "The Green Party leader drew attention to the EU-Israel association agreement. Under this agreement, the EU could suspend preferential trading links between the EU and Israel on the grounds of the Israeli government's failure to adhere to its human rights clauses. 

Caroline Lucas said, "By choosing to upgrade EU relations with Israel ... (against the advice of the majority in the European Parliament), EU leaders have squandered a key opportunity to put real pressure on the Israeli authorities to lift the blockade."  

7. Do you agree that the government should stop supplying arms to Israel until it complies with international law? 

Yes we call for an arms embargo. 

Greens have long stood against a number of policies of the Israeli state and continue to call for a just and peaceful settlement in the Middle East, recognising the rights of the Palestinian people as well as those of Israelis in a way that is both fair and humane. An equitable choice needs to be made and accepted by both Israelis and Palestinians: the right to security for Israeli citizens should be considered alongside the rights of Palestinians, including refugees.

Greens want the human rights of Palestinians to be assured as are those of Israelis.

I do hope that you will consider voting Green in the General Election

Yours sincerely

Adrian Windisch 

Green Candidate for Wokingham 

Some examples of Greens on this issue:

Dr Shahrar Ali Deputy leader of the Green Party calls for cessation of violence

Our South East Green MEP Keith Taylor meets PSC 

Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East of England,  met with Hugh Lanning, the chair of the UK’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign, to discuss the new EU guidelines on Israeli settlement funding which will come into force in January. The guidelines, launched in July, will serve to prohibit grants, prizes or funding from the EU to the settlements of the Golan Heights, West Bank, or East Jerusalem, captured during the Arab-Israeli 1967 war.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign have been campaigning to ensure full implementation of the guidelines, following concerns that the Commission is facing intense pressure from Israel to water down their proposals. For example, it is believed that the EU is being pressured towards a compromise, such that Israel would not have to declare its compliance with the guidelines, but rather, the EU would be responsible for identifying breaches of the guidelines.

Ultimately, the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories are in breach of international law, and as such, the guidelines represent concrete actions to ensure the that  EU funding is in conformity with international law.

Keith was very pleased to meet with Mr Lanning, to share their hopes that positive steps can still be made, and that the guidelines will be implemented in full. .

Earlier in October, Keith co-signed a letter to Catherine Ashton, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, urging her to implement the guidelines properly, rather than giving into Israeli pressure. Keith also took the opportunity to discuss the current petition drawn up by Brighton and Hove PSC in his constituency, who are campaigning against a shop in Brighton which sells settlement products.

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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Response to ukip Blog Attacking Greens

Response to blog "I Challenge Natalie Bennett to Disown Green Extremists Who Campaign Against Ukip" by Janice Atkinson 21/05/14 

So she wants to dictate who is in the Green Party and what they campaign on. Some democracy that would be.  

1. In the opening words Ukip getting in a tiz over is it Ms or Miss Bennett. Why not join the rest of society and just call her Natalie Bennett? 

2. Just like point 1. She calls herself a "chairman" though a woman. Does anyone care? She seems to think this is important. 

3. She says Romanians who qualify would be welcome but would need a visa. From 1/1/14 The law within the EU would disagree since they are now part of the free movement of people zone.  

4. She claims kipper policy would stop illegal actions such as trafficking, child prostitution and criminal gangs. But as they are already illegal, the current law can work. 

5. It's a British custom for children's surnames to match parents, though generally only when people are married. So if this is not the case for Romanians is it a problem? No, just the prejudice of the kippers showing. Again. 

6. She claims the head of the UKBA agreed with her that the point above was people trafficking. She is wrong here if they suspected a crime they would surely have acted on it. 

7. She claims that kippers don't want to privatise the NHS. Statements from ukip leaders contradict her. 

8. She blames the NHS difficulties on immigrants, forgetting that many Drs and nurses are immigrants. Much like Nigel and his immigrants blocked the M4. 

9. She claims wind power is a scam, that fossil fuel and nuclear is the answer. So every energy company that uses renewables in the world is part of a conspiracy? Time for a tin foil hat I think. 

10. She claims immigration is a top concern in the SE. Housing sure is, can't see any evidence for immigration. 

11. She claims climate change act has added £500 to fuel bills. No evidence of this, and fuel prices fluctuate. They have recently dropped. Doing nothing on climate change would lead to disaster, greens would prepare us for the future. Ukip sound like they want to return to an imaginary 1950s. 

12. She claims green policies lead to lights going off. The reverse is true, renewables lead to more energy security. As solar gets cheaper more people and businesses will make their own energy. 

13. She moans about being confronted by campaigners in a high street. She gained national fame by her rude gestures and telling them to "F off". Doing the anti ukip campaigners jobs for them. 

The blog then turned into a rant about Monty Python, the "Judean People's Front of Ashford". Maybe this is why ukips leaders have asked activists to stay away from the Internet. 

Her blog published here 

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Safety Alert; socket covers

Modern sockets are safe, covers make them less safe.

 Some links below:


Tuesday, 30 December 2014

A discussion on NHS and homelessness with a Wokingham voter

@AvengersFight: @CaptWokingham @AndyCroy @AdrianWindisch Labour or green then. Andy Croy, Adrian W, what do you think needs to be addressed in Wokingham?

@AdrianWindisch: @AvengersFight @CaptWokingham @AndyCroy reverse privatisation of health services and address what people really need

@AvengersFight: @AdrianWindisch @CaptWokingham @AndyCroy also what in your opinion do ppl really need/how would u go about finding this out?

@AdrianWindisch: @AvengersFight @CaptWokingham @AndyCroy survey people. I would start with something simple like insulating homes for pensioners and poorest 

@AvengersFight: @AdrianWindisch @CaptWokingham @AndyCroy that's cool :) my understanding is that health services aren't actually being privatised though?

@AdrianWindisch: @AvengersFight @CaptWokingham @AndyCroy health professionals say NHS is being privatised

@AdrianWindisch: @AvengersFight @CaptWokingham @AndyCroy no worries. (link from Green Party re privatisation) 

@AvengersFight: @AdrianWindisch @CaptWokingham @AndyCroy cool. Good one. Are you aware of the issue of + homelessness in Wokingham, esp in young ppl?

@AdrianWindisch: @AvengersFight @CaptWokingham @AndyCroy put empty homes back into use, solve homeless problem.

@AvengersFight: @AdrianWindisch @CaptWokingham @AndyCroy what empty homes? There aren't any...

@AdrianWindisch: @AvengersFight @CaptWokingham @AndyCroy read (the link) nearly a million (empty homes) in the UK. And empty offices that can be converted too

@AvengersFight: @AdrianWindisch @CaptWokingham @AndyCroy Ahh that's a fantastic idea.

(Writing in brackets was added later. Twitter limits you to 140 characters so I thought a few words of explanation would help). 

Saturday, 20 December 2014

question on Full Recall

Question from Twitter @WokinghamVoice: Wokingham Election May 2015 candidates Q1. @JohnRedwood @CliveJonesPPC @AndyCroy @CunningtoP @AdrianWindisch How will you vote on #Recall 13/12/14 My answer @AdrianWindisch: @WokinghamVoice @johnredwood @CliveJonesPPC @AndyCroy @CunningtoP Green Party backs the power recall MPs for years Asked for confirmation @WokinghamVoice: @CunningtoP @johnredwood @CliveJonesPPC @AndyCroy @AdrianWindisch To confirm, #FullV1Recall20% or #RecallLight? @AdrianWindisch: @WokinghamVoice @CunningtoP @johnredwood @CliveJonesPPC @AndyCroy full recall. The light one is no use. Then asked for @WokinghamVoice: @AdrianWindisch @CunningtoP @johnredwood @CliveJonesPPC @AndyCroy And regardless of party line, will you push for it? What priority? My response @AdrianWindisch: @WokinghamVoice @CunningtoP @johnredwood @CliveJonesPPC @AndyCroy yes I support it fully and will vote for it #fullrecall On seeing a Twitter list of candidates for wokingham in he next General Election I made a list of followers Wokingham PPC follower count: @johnredwood 9,864 Con @AdrianWindisch 1,507 Green @CunningtoP 276 U @CliveJonesPPC 179 LD @AndyCroy 157 Lab

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Question on Animal Experiments

I support all of your measures. The Green Party leads the way against cruel and useless experiments on animals. With only 5 percent sucess in human trials it's not worth the risk anyway. Green Party Policy: AR413 In the UK, millions of animals are used each year in experiments which can cause great pain and suffering. There are significant differences between the physiology of animals and that of humans and the reliance on animal testing and experimentation increases the risks of adverse reactions and hampers progress. A large proportion of animals are used for non-medical testing and for duplicate research which could be avoided. There are now many techniques available for testing of chemicals, drugs and medical procedures and for researching disease that do not use animals. However, these alternatives are often not used and are not adequately funded or supported. AR414 The Green Party would ban all experimentation and research which harms animals, including harmful procedures used to obtain animal-derived materials. 'Harmful' is defined in this context as 'having the potential to cause pain, suffering, distress, lasting harm or death in animals, except where it is designed to benefit the individual animals concerned AR415 Government research funds will be transferred from animal tests to non-animal technologies, including epidemiology, computer models, micro-dosing, imaging, DNA chips, microfluidics chips and the use of human tissue. Much greater use will be made of epidemiological evidence and clinical data. Greens would also fund more research into prevention of disease, looking at diet, environment, family history and lifestyle. See this link for more Regards Dear Adrian I am writing to announce the launch of our Vote Cruelty Free website, a new platform publicising the views of candidates, to encourage compassionate people across the UK to use their vote for animals in laboratories in the 2015 General Election. Did you know that over 4 million animals are used for experiments in the UK each year? The 2010 Coalition Agreement included a pledge to work to reduce the number of animals used in ‘scientific procedures’, but since then the number of animals licenced to suffer in experiments has increased by more than 11%. Yet according to a 2014 Government survey, only 37% of people agree that it is acceptable to use animals for research. And 95% of new drugs tested on animals fail in human trials. The BUAV and Cruelty Free International, which work to end animal experiments, have set out six simple steps to reduce animal experiments in the next Parliament: 1. Ban experiments on cats and dogs 2. End the secrecy surrounding animal experiments 3. Stop importing monkeys for use in laboratories 4. End non-medical experiments 5. Stop genetically modifying animals pending a review 6. Stop suffering in the most extreme experiments Please can you let us know which of the above steps you support? Please send your response to ... Candidates’ views are being publicised on the Vote Cruelty Free website, which we will be promoting from January, so that compassionate people in your constituency can use their votes for animals in May. Our current records show that @AdrianWindisch/media, is the main Twitter account to contact you. Please let us know if this is incorrect, and we will update the Vote Cruelty Free website accordingly. Contact: Website: Twitter: @votecrueltyfree #VoteCrueltyFree Detailed information and full manifesto: We look forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Campaigns Officer British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) 16a Crane Grove London N7 8NN Direct: +44 (0) 20 7619 6976 Phone: +44 (0) 20 7700 4888 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7700 0252 Follow us on Facebook and Twitter The BUAV Vision is: To create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals. Half the battle to bring an end to animal suffering is funded by gifts in our supporters' wills. If the time is right for you to put a good cause in your will please remember ours. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales as The Campaign to End All Animal Experiments (no. 04115167). Registered office address: 16a Crane Grove, London N7 8NN.