Tom Franklin

Chair and Regional Party Liaison Officer and Regional Treasurer

Tom franklin

After a long period of not being involved in party politics I joined the Green Party in 2012, as it is the only party that is taking climate change seriously.

Since then I have discovered how many of its policies I like from advocating active transport (walking and cycling) pushing for better local public transport, fighting for better air quality so that we can all have clean air to breathe to the Citizen’s Income. I have also found it warm and friendly, and a great way to get to know York and its people when I moved here in 2015.

I am particularly concerned about the arms trade and the death and destruction that follows from that. I have twice been arrested for trying to prevent arms sales to countries like Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey. The first time I was acquitted on the grounds that I was trying to prevent war crimes and crimes against humanity. The second time I was acquitted for using the right to protest, but the Crown Prosecution Service is currently appealing the acquittal.

I am a father with two grown up children and live with my partner and her one-eyed cat in North York.

I am also treasurer of the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Green Party.

Can you stop supply? No. Can you stop demand? No. It therefore follows that your priority should be two-fold: protect users' health and take the money from the black market. But that is the exact opposite of what we do.

On December 18th last year, there was a Christmas Party in No.10 Downing Street. That same evening "police handed out £34,000 in fines after breaking up a student party" in Sheffield. #ChristmasParty #Marr #r4today

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-55950930

The US has lifted its tariffs on EU steel and aluminium but they remain in place for Britain

Brexit penalty - the opposite of what we were promised on US trade by Farage, Johnson, Gove & Rees-Mogg

Pretty lucky for me that the Met Police can't investigate crimes that have already happened. I wonder if that's why they keep stopping black people for crimes they think they're about to commit... https://twitter.com/PoliticsForAlI/status/1467448363872309253

"While men are gazing up to Heaven, imagining after a happiness, or fearing a Hell after they are dead, their eyes are put out, that they see not what is their birthright"
- Gerrard Winstanley

Car dependency, car bloat and induced demand brilliantly satirised in this 9-minute British cartoon from 1964: "Automania 2000" by Halas and Batchelor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-ymlIN2slQ

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