It’s time that people in the UK were offered a positive vision for Europe; a Europe that is a driving force in global efforts to prevent climate change, a Europe that stands up for individuals against the powerful, a Europe that offers protections for employees and consumers, a Europe that works to reduce inequality, a Europe that provides common ground for all its citizens while celebrating difference, a Europe that promotes peace, justice and democracy around the world.
We need to connect all the good things that Europe does, and the better things that a greener Europe would do, with the everyday concerns of voters. This shouldn’t be about the intricacies of Brussels politics, it’s about people who worry about their jobs, making ends meet, the children’s education and the world that they will leave to them. We can’t just blame a hostile media in the UK for negative attitudes towards the EU; the Brussels bureaucracy is often self-absorbed, self-serving and detached from the lives lived by the vast majority of us. We need a Europe that is more democratic, more responsive to the people it serves, less amenable to corporate lobbying and tougher on the continent’s emerging autocrats.
The UK has sat on Europe’s sidelines for forty years, years during which it should have been building alliances with European nations that don’t want to see a federal superstate, mandatory adoption of the Euro, or a European Central Bank that’s far too beholden to the interests of a few large states at the expense of the EU’s smaller countries. A UK with a renewed commitment to Europe should be forging just such relationships and if elected to Brussels I would work to persuade parliamentarians to stop the Brussels machine from trampling the small and the beautiful.
I joined the Green Party in 1988 because I believed these issues were the issues of our times. Thirty years on nothing has happened to change my mind. I’m a former Chair of the Green Party in the South East, I stood for Europe in 2014, I’m currently PPC for Bexhill & Battle in East Sussex, having contested the seat in 2015 and 2017.
Most of my professional life has been spent in journalism. I’ve worked for the BBC and Reuters, reported for Newsweek, NPR, the ABC, CBC, and many others, been a political reporter at Westminster and a foreign correspondent in South East Asia. These days much of my time is spent helping emerging technology companies in Europe, N. America and Asia with their communications.
I’d be honoured to be chosen again for the Green list for the South East. I will be campaigning tirelessly to get more Greens elected to the European Parliament.