In the last of our series asking the borough's main political parties why people should vote for them, Nicholas Chapman of Ealing Green Party explains why his candidates deserve crosses on your ballot paper.
THIS is a crucial time to decide what sort of society we want to live in. Foodbanks are increasingly necessary and our hospital and green spaces are under threat.
Greens believe in a decent, sustainable society that has a shared sense of community. We want to keep Ealing a fantastic place to live, fighting back against cuts and closures.
Air pollution in London is officially illegal and killing us. It’s time to reduce congestion. A Green council would calm traffic with targeted 20mph residential zones and increase road safety for all.
While Labour sells off our Metropolitan Open Land, we recognise the importance of public, green space. We would ensure development is not at the expense of our quality of life.
The main parties all claim to oppose Heathrow expansion locally; in reality, it is back on the cards at Westminster and a noisier, more polluted future awaits our borough unless we act.
Ealing Hospital battles for survival after NHS ‘modernising’ by New Labour and Tory/LibDem governments. We must fight to restore vital services.
As the Tories demonise ‘shirkers’, the Ealing Green Party recognises poor provision for mental healthcare and disability are often the real barriers to employment. Rather than abandoning people, Greens would help vulnerable adults.
We would encourage green business start-ups, bringing decent jobs through championing sustainable enterprises and making Ealing a green ‘tech city’.
No doubt UKIP’s ideas on this page will seem like common sense. We too recognise the failings of mainstream parties.
But behind the slick media skills of Nigel Farage, UKIP’s negative message wrongly blames Britain’s challenges on immigrants and the EU instead of having proper policies to tackle housing, education and health.
Self-proclaimed libertarians, theirs is a proactive plan to smash local services far beyond Tory austerity.
Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson says of its stance on Islam and Europe: “They are saying exactly what we say.” Chilling.
Ealing Greens recognise there is no city as open, diverse and wonderful as London, and Ealing is a proud and fantastic borough to live and work in.
Voting Green for even one of your choices will ensure a diversity of opinion is heard for the common good.