Jonathan Starling — who will run as an Independent candidate in C#20 Pembroke South West — has released his platform.
The 32-year-old has Master’s degrees in Ecological Economics and Urban and Regional Planning, and is well known in the online community through his Catch-A-Fire blog, which he has maintained since 2007.
A sample of Mr Starling’s ideas from his platform is below:
- Ensure that the Human Rights Act is amended to include sexual orientation
- Equal gender representation at all levels of Government, including Government boards
- Provision of free and confidential morning-after pills available at all pharmacies
- Provision of free condoms at all pharmacies, licensed establishments and post-offices
- Institute a mandatory minimum living wage
- Declare Bermuda’s waters and airspace a nuclear and military free zone
- Facilitate a ‘Big Conversation’ on sexism, domestic and sexual violence
- Decriminalise personal possession of marijuana up to one ounce
- Make medical marijuana available by prescription
- Expand programs to provide free heroin substitutes to registered heroin addicts
- Require all workplaces with more than ten employees to provide free on-site day-care facilities for staff
- Legislate mandatory ignition interlock devices for all drivers who have been convicted of DUI.
- Tax junk food to subsidise healthy food
- Repeal the relaxation of car-sizes, returning to compact cars only
- Maintain an hourly bus-service on the main east and west routes from midnight to 0600hrs
- Extend the school day to 5pm
- Provide free and nutritious breakfasts and lunches for all students
- Make commuting by car into the City of Hamilton between 0800 and 0900hrs as the sole occupant a traffic violation to help discourage traffic congestion (Pembroke residents to be exempted).
- Amend the Employment Act 2000 to provide new parents with double the current allowed sick days, with the cost equally split between the State and the employer, until child’s fifth birthday
Mr Starling will be running in C#20 Pembroke South West, which is presently held by the OBA’s Louise Jackson. Mrs Jackson is retiring and her daughter Susan Jackson will stand for the OBA, Marcus Jones will stand for the PLP, and Independent David Petty will also contest the area.
The constituency saw the largest margin of victory in 2007, with Mrs Jackson [under the UBP] earning 83% of the vote. In 2003, Mrs Jackson won with 81.83% of the vote against Neville Darrell.
Mr Starling’s full platform follows below [PDF here]:
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