I am Dr John Furness, your Green Party candidate for Sedgefield. I am a consultant paediatrician and a father. I live in Darlington and worked in Darlington and County Durham for 14 years until December 2018.
Politics and society need to change. The climate is warming as we consume more fossil fuels. This is causing the greatest harm to the world’s poorest. The divide between rich and poor in UK and the world is widening which is associated with an unhappier society. Desperately poor, unhappy and angry people are drawn to extremes like terrorism. UK children and young adults are some of the unhappiest in Europe. (World Health Organisation and Royal College Paediatrics and Child Health). The country is divided and is isolating itself from our European friends. Financial wealth is the barometer of a successful society. We have concentrated on one issue, Brexit. An ill informed referendum showed the country to be split 50:50 (statisticians use standard error of 2.5% either side to describe the chance a result is reached by error. In other words on Wednesday the result could have been 52.5 leave 47.5 remain and on Thursday 52.5 remain and 48,5 leave). We have not been allowed to check we feel the same. We are probably united that we want independence to make our own democratic choices but to work and play with our neighbours. We have failed to implement those common core themes arguing about details. The United Kingdom, a country that has been stronger by the union of nations, is under threat of separation.
The Green Party offers a real change. It is not mainstream party that has been involved with the politics that has brought us to this point. Instead of burning fossil fuels it promotes renewable energy. Instead of division it sees cooperation. Instead of a successful society being measured in £ and p it measures it in happiness and wellbeing. Instead of poverty it proposes a universal salary.
I am not a politician but an imperfect human. I am standing to give you a chance for vote for these values. I will not invade your personal space by door knocking. I will visit your area on dates to be announced and will meet you in your homes if you invite me.