1. Ending ‘austerity’ programmes which are forcing the poorest to pay for a crisis created by the financial sector.
2. Protecting our NHS and ending the widespread privatisation of our pubic services, as well as bringing the railways and energy production back into public ownership.
3. Introduction of a Living Wage and Citizens Income to tackle poverty and ensure we no longer subsidise companies’ employment costs.
4. Opposition to TTIP (the highly secretive UK-US trade deal which will grant corporations the power to sue governments for policies that affect potential profits).
5. Real monetary reform including removing the power to create money away from private banks.
6. Introduction of a ‘Robin Hood’ Financial Transactions Tax to reduce damaging high frequency trading and ensure the financial sector pays its way (would raise over £20bn in the UK only).
7. Closing tax loopholes to ensure companies pay tax on all profits earned in the UK.
8. A genuine commitment to tackle climate change including investment into renewable energy and opposition to fracking.
Overall, I believe in supporting a party which works for the common good, not just the good of a tiny few. The Greens are currently the only party with a long term economic policy which moves us away from unsustainable growth dependence towards a steady-state economy where we work within the physical limits of our one planet.
I hope you join me in voting Green today as we urgently need more progressive voices to be heard within politics. But most of all I hope you use your vote. Remember – “The price of apathy is to be ruled by evil men” (Plato). A great many have fought and died to bring us the freedom to vote. So please make sure you all use yours today – even if it’s only to spoil your ballet paper in protest.