In the fourth of a series of interviews with Green Left supporting candidates at the General Election, Mike Shaughnessy talks to the Green Party's Gordon Peters, candidate for Hornsey and Wood Green, London.
Tell me a bit about your background and how you came to join the Green party?
The £70 million cuts budget for the next three years which Haringey Council has just announced will rapidly accelerate the decline of public services over the last four years to such an extent that people with learning disabilities and frail older people, for instance, will be left without day care places to go to and the last publicly owned nursing home to be run down. Over 600 jobs will be lost, including about one third of social workers in a borough which as not yet recovered from all the hostile publicity it got over the death of Baby Peter. They are frankly leaving social work – which was my profession – adrift. There is a much longer list, including parks which the Council now see as revenue producers through closing off in part for days at a time to hold large concerts or other events with all the disruption, waste and social cost of these.