I had a letter in the local paper this week (below). Dave Pettener's letter got in too. Councillor Phil Thomas appears desperate about the growth of Stop The Incinerator campaign, hence his latest tactic of trying to debase our questions by calling us liars. Readers will obviously be surprised about his choice of language: answers cannot be given without letting the cat out of the bag, lets just instead call the questioner a liar.
Regarding your story on council plans to fine those who fail to recycle, I feel the vast majority of people in Croydon want the freedom to choose how they live, and despise the 'nanny state' interfering with their personal choice. However, the council must ensure that residents in our borough are making informed decisions - education is clearly important.Equally, people in Croydon dislike the idea of new taxes. That is why I wince when I hear politicians from other political parties talking about ‘green taxes’ and ‘fines for failing to be green.’
As someone who wants to bring people around to Green Party thinking, fining people for failing to be green is only going to put people off issues relating to the environment. Therefore, rewarding people for being green, through discounts off their council tax, much like the recent cavity and loft insulation scheme here in Croydon, is an altogether better policy. Moreover, schemes such as these have an additional affect of putting money back into our pockets at a time when growth is nil.Naturally, eco taxes do have a part to play in a genuine green economy. However, they would replace existing regressive taxation, such as VAT.Yours sincerelyShasha KhanCroydon Green Party