Day 4 – Campaigning In Brighton With Caroline Lucas
April 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
Caroline Lucas is one of the most active advocates for the Robin Hood Tax in Westminster. Where other politicians have been a bit slower on the uptake, she has been describing the need for the financial sector to pay their fair share for years. As MP for Brighton Pavillion, she knows how the money raised from the tax could help her constituents – particularly in access to housing, a major issue Brighton.
As leader of the Green Party, Caroline is especially aware of the need to build a green economy and to create green jobs for the 1 million unemployed young people in the UK today. “It’s so obvious!” she explains when we interview her on North Street outside a Barclay’s branch, a bank that paid only 1% corporation tax in 2009.
With so many spending cuts being announced across the country, Caroline sees it as vital that we demonstrate alternatives on how the money could be raised – with the Robin Hood Tax being one of them. As crowds gather in the evening sun on Brighton beach, we leave her just in time to get back to her constituency surgery.