This was originally posted at on reddit. However its seemed to incite a trend of people posting them so I thought I'd put mine over here with some new additions.
Party: Green Party, the only party that recognises the need for social equality and for fixing the environment now.
Political Compass: Left Wing Liberal, probably a socialist. Down with the monarchy.
Views on issues:
- The EU: Increasingly eurosceptic, plan to vote to stay in for now.
- The Economy: The deficit isn’t as big a deal as its made out to be. Mandatory surpluses are insane. The deficit is being prioritised over the welfare of the poorest people in our nation. That’s disgusting when 2/3 economists agree that it isn’t important in the short term.
- Socialism, Communism, Capitalism: Already mentioned I’m a socialist because I think its immoral to not do what we can to help everybody. Capitalism has its place. Communism is wrong as it makes every financial equal rather than giving everybody the same financial opportunities, which is socialism.
- LGBT: if in doubt, think of PoC. The same rights should apply to both. Essentially any discrimination b/c of it is wrong.
- Immigration: I want freedom of movement with freedom to work but not freedom to claim. No welfare claims within the first two years of moving here unless they can prove they cannot leave the country to claim in their own country. We should accept our fair share of asylum seekers and refugees. Illegal immigrants who are working and contributing and already have a life set up should never be sent home.
- Living Wage: The fact that people think a minimum wage that people can’t live on (living wage) is okay, I can’t understand that. The minimum wage should be the living wage.
- Religion: I’m relatively agnostic in that I genuinely don’t care.
- Drug Prohibition: Legalise, regulate, and tax weed and NOS. Look into doing the same for LSD. Never imprison someone for taking drugs. Its a health issue not a crime issue.
- Local democracy: Party whips mean that while we pretend we have local democracy, we really don’t.
- Online censorship: The internet is and should be out of the governments jurisdiction. Censorship of the internet does not work.
- Television censorship: Is this about the watershed? I guess thats fine.
- Net Neutrality: Absolutely essential to keeping the internet working.
- Free Speech: Freedom of speech also means anybody has the freedom to criticise your speech. Absolutely essential to a civilised and democratic nation.
- Islamisation of the UK: I don’t see it. It isn’t a problem.
- Lords Reform: Should be appointed specialists from individual business sectors. Accountable to the people in that the people can petition to have HoL members removed. Appointed by independent bodies for each of the sectors. Not allowed to be members of any party, the HoL is not the place for party politics. Maximum term lengths of 4 years.
- The Monarchy: An affront to democracy. Goodbye.
- Scottish independence: If they want it, let them have it. Any 2nd referendum for it should be funded by their budget.
- Animal rights/welfare: The bloodsport of fox hunting should be illegal. Pest control is necessary but only in a humane way.
- Voting age: 16 though I’m not convinced of the need for a limit. Young people are becoming more and more active in politics. See the scottish referendum. 16 year olds should absolutely be able to vote in the EU referendum if not all GEs. Politics needs to be taught in schools to match this.
- Prison/Crime: Need to become more about rehabilitation than punishment. The amount of life sentences we give out is absurd. If someone genuinely cannot be rehabilitated, chances are they have a mental illness and so should be treated for that, not locked in a cage. 70% of the prison population have 2 or more mental illnesses. Set term times for crimes should go and should be looked at on a case by case basis based on their progress in rehabilitation. Attempts for the criminal to “make it right” for any victims should be made. Victimless crimes shouldn’t be crimes. Prisoners should be able to vote. Employers must not have access to an applicants prison record as we must have absolute faith that our ex-prisoners are 100% rehabilitated. Prisoners absolutely need to be given the vote and it disgusts me than they don't have it.
- Tuition fees: Tuition should be free for 4 years, loans for maintenance. After that, they can take loans for the tuition too. All students will receive bills for their tuition with the amount deducted as it is paid by the government so they’re aware of the cost of their education. Apprenticeships should be able to take out the same loan for maintenance and 2/3 of them should go to under 25s. We need to remember, the government benefits from the people being educated.
- Euthansasia: In support, so long as we have a bullet-proof method to avoid abuse.
- Trident: We'll never use it (at least I hope we don't) and everyone including our enemies know that. Scrap it.
- Military vs Foreign Spending: Considering we caused ISIS with the Iraq war I'm not sure more of the same is a good idea. Decrease military spending, increasing foreign aid so that the countries can solve their problems themselves.
- Corporation Tax: I won't pretend to know anything about this.
- Inheritance Tax: 0% for non-monetary assets, close to 100% for monetary assets. If an item someone has inherited is sold, tax the income on that at the same rate.
- NHS: Remove all privitasiation and profit. Health is not a market.
- Sex work: No. I would prefer whoever is working as a sex worker be supported by state welfare to be honest. Nobody should have to live that way.
- The BBC: I can't overstate the value of a public broadcasting network. So much yes. Move the license fee to general taxation.
- Electoral reform: Strongly in favour of STV.
Issues I’m passionate about: drug reform, education reform, electoral reform.
Why you think what you do: I guess I’m an extremely moral person.
Future of UK politics: Depends if we get electoral reform or not. I feel like we’re at a breaking point though.
How have my views changed: I used to massively overestimate the amount of benefits given out unfairly. I felt that people should work for what they get and that the poorer people weren’t working hard enough. I used to be a Tory.
Favourite Politician: Caroline Lucas. She is fresh air for politics. Everything she says makes sense. She absolutely has a moral compass at the heart of everything she does.
Least Favourite Politician: Osborne.
Favourite commentator: Owen Jones
- Political Compass #1: https://infinit.io/_/aiQNF6Y
- Political Compass #2: https://infinit.io/_/jmw79SY
- Political Test: https://infinit.io/_/xcEpWyg
Where you live: Leeds
Occupation: Actor, Programmer, Student
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