Matt Taylor

party: Independent
constituency: Brighton, Kemptown

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Would you support the creation of a Royal Commission to review Britain’s drug laws?

organisation: CISTA

There’s no need for a Royal Commission. Let’s just go ahead and legalise Cannabis without the delay of a Royal Commission.

How would you reform surveillance law, oversight and practice to respect the rights of law-abiding people?

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Very good question and one I feel very strongly about.

Call me a conspiracy theorist if you wish, but I don’t believe the security threat against the UK is as imminent as we are being lead to believe.

For example; I harbour serious doubts about the 7/7 London bombing attack and the Lee Rigby beheading incident.

Our security forces have been protected by austerity measures because of false flag events orchestrated by criminal elements in our government. Under the guise of terrorism our insidious government have brought in draconian surveillance laws which do nothing to fight extremism and terrorism, but does everything to stamp on the rights of law-abiding people for their own secret nefarious ends.

Thus in answer to the question; I would vote against any further intrusion against our God given Rights and promote initiatives which bring balance and common sense to our surveillance Laws.

To what degree should access to information on the internet be restricted by the state or private companies?

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

We don’t live in China (or do we?) My initial answer would be none. The internet must never be restricted by the state or private companies. For me the internet represents PEOPLE POWER.

Now having said that, I could imagine certain scenarios in which it’ll be beneficial for certain aspects of the internet to be restricted. While the internet has been a marvelous gift to society, it also brings with it a dark side which harbours criminals and nurtures evil. Extreme porn, child-abuse and snuff films are currently allowed free rein across the internet. So I do acknowledge that there may be certain instants that the internet must be restricted by the state for our own benefit and the safety of vulnerable children and adults. My only warning is that we must threat carefully to balance the rights of the user and the protection of vulnerable people using the internet.

The right of parents to remain with their children in hospital has been established for over forty years. How would you ensure carers of people with dementia are equally welcome in hospital?

organisation: John's Campaign

I’d join John’s Campaign and use my position to get the point across. A carer's access to a person with dementia in hospital should be a standard right and I’ll do everything in my power, whether I’m an MP or not, to make sure this is the norm in every hospital across the UK.

Should people in Scotland and Northern Ireland have the same free speech protections from libel bullies as their neighbours in England and Wales?

organisation: English PEN

Yes of-course they should. What’s good for England and Wales, is good enough for Scotland and Northern Ireland. I don’t pretend to be an expert on the Defamation Act 2013; though I am heartened to know there are organizations like English PEN which keep an eye on these developments for the benefit of all of us.

From what I've researched so far, yes ‘Free Speech Protections from Libel bullies’ must be extended across the UK.

Recent polling show that people support rent control by a margin of nine to one. Do you support a rent control that limits rent rises between tenancies as well as during tenancies?

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes, absolutely. Private sector landlords have been allowed to get away with day-light robbery for too long and it must end. A Rent Tax sounds like the perfect platform to recoup the losses, though I’d rather see a cap on rent which results in lower rents now, rather than taxes going into the government’s coffers, but makes no difference to the tenants.

The standards of goods and services that are essential, such as food and water, are generally highly regulated. Do you support enforced minimum standards in housing as a precondition of a renting?

organisation: Generation Rent

I’d need to understand more; but in principle no. We have enough bureaucracy and don’t need anymore.

Britain spends £24 billion on housing benefit and less than £1.5 billion on building homes. Do you support an increase in the social housebuilding grant to £5 billion a year to build homes?

organisation: Generation Rent

I’m promoting the building of Michael Reynolds style Earthships which are made from recycled materials (tyres, cans and glass bottles) which allow building on brown fill and green belt land. I would definitely support any initiative which helps build new homes, but only wish the homes we build are different and more sustainable than what we build at the moment.

Governments implement policies that directly and indirectly impact on house prices. Do you think house prices are too high?

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes of-course. The government’s right to buy scheme has been a disaster. Evidence shows that the biggest buyers are private hedge fund managers who are having a field day snapping up property at cut down prices. It can only lead to a burst of the bubble and as a result the end users will suffer.

Private sector landlords receive over £27bn a year in housing benefit and tax breaks. Would you support a rent tax that recouped up to a third of this to fund new housing supply?

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes, absolutely. Private sector landlords have been allowed to get away with day-light robbery for too long and it must end. A Rent Tax sounds like the perfect platform to recoup the losses, though I’d rather see a cap on rent which results in lower rents now, rather than taxes going into the government’s coffers, and still no difference to the tenants.