OneEurope is presenting a series of interviews with MEPs in order to help Europeans make an informed decision for the elections. You can find the others in our debate on the European Elections 2014.
Molly Scott Cato is the first MEP candidate in the Green list for the South West of England. She is a Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at the University of Roehampton. She has studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford and has been involved with the Green Party since 1988.
OneEurope: What made you stand as a MEP candidate?
Molly Scott Cato MEP: I have been doing politics in my spare time for about 25 years. As a member of the Green Party it is actually quite difficult to get an elected position. I am a bit tired of running those two lives, so it seemed as a good idea to try to be an actual politician and do that as my job. But in terms of what I am seeking to achieve, I am very aware that we are in a quite important crossroad, because there is a serious risk that we might leave the EU. Most of the major parties are just excepting the negative stories about the EU. As Greens we want to challenge that.
OE: What would be the first thing that you would do in Brussels, if you were elected?
MSC: I am an economist. So my priority is to challenge the corporate power. I think at the moment the EU is working according to corporate objectives and not serving its citizens very well, so kind of a slogan of these elections is “Europe for the common good”. We need to look at how the single market works and make it better for citizens and not just for businesses.
OE: Who actually runs this country?
MSC: Although we live in a democracy, I don’t think the country is being run in the interest of most of the people who live here. For me, it is not a question of criticizing any particular institution, because none of our institutions are working very well right now. One of the things in our European platform is to democratize Europe and also to make the subsidiary happen, which means bringing power down to the lowest appropriate level. David Cameron is talking a lot about bringing power to London, but we want to say: “Let’s bring power back to Bristol, let’s bring power back to our local community and let’s give them some power over fundraising, so that we don’t have this very centralized state.” The three Westminster parties look very much the same and we don’t have much of a say in who runs our country. So who runs our country? Unfortunately, some pretty backwards-looking political parties who aren’t representing the people of this country.
OE: What would you like to tell our readers?
MSC: What we have been doing in Bristol today
is a very good example of how we have been running our campaign. We have come
to Bristol to show solidarity with Bristol’s many diverse communities and to
say that we reject that old-world politics and we are very much about welcoming
everybody and welcoming the positive opportunities that Europe offers.
This interview has been organized and taken by Yuliya Kosharevska.