Emma Granger: "We need Leadership that challenge the Status Quo."
Councillor Granger brings a distinction to the 2018 EU Premier field. She's is the only woman that has challenged the Council and the actual administration.
Photo of her campaign.
Montague.- On the release of a second term of Angleter Gisele Stuart, Councillor Emma Granger said to the press that is true what she meant, "They want to mantain the status quo". But now, having gained a spot on the main stage by the media and the support of many European politicians. The 27-year-old Granger gets a chance to fire back in person. She sat down to discuss the opportunity with me at Dolcerie Place, a diner in Montague, Strasbourg. What follows is a condensed, edited transcript of our conversation.
PD: Are you looking forward to giving Gisela Stuart a massive headache?
"Well, I think Mrs. Stuart is going to be hearing quite a lot from me. I don't like stag politicians."
PD: Do both parties need to be strong and sane, and together enough to really contest the ideas that Europe needs to fight about? And what about independent candidates.
"Well, I do favor two strong parties. And at different points in our recent history the European Liberals have been stronger, and more unified than the Progressives. At other points we have been. And clearly there is a lot of turmoil going on-- among European Liberal voters, and elected officials, and party leaders, that they're going to have to sort out. Because change is coming. Whoever emerges is going to be on the wrong side of what our Union needs to do. How we meet the test that I laid out in my speech. Can the next Premier actually produce positive results in European's lives, starting with the protection of rights and rising fighting for change. Can the next Premier become the next commander in chief of the Eurocorps to keep us safe, and demonstrate strong, united, effective, smart European leadership in the world against Dromund Kass and other threats. And can the next Premier bring our Union together. I've seen no evidence that these two candidates can meet those tests. So, I'll let them fight it out however they choose. I'm going to keep talking about what I will do as Premier to make sure we do meet those tests, and that our country is better off because I will have served."
PD: On a poll released by some conservatives in the UK says that Europe is beyond repair, I think, with Mrs. Stuart being the frontrunner. Because everybody believes that she is the kind of politician that deserves the Union. If the EL party picks her it will somehow change the idea of an active Europe.
"Indeed, her politics have been do less, more effectively, but what is less? She claims that she revived the debate in the region but we know this is false. I have never seen cooperation from her. My nation voted for Stuart because I believed she was a real Liberal. But since taking office, Premier Stuart has shown us her true colors. She has let the same-old-nations gerrymander their ways to suppress minorities and new voices within the Union."
PD: How much difference do you think Premier make in the actual results in our Unions economy?
"Premiers make a huge difference. Balance budgets and surpluses, and promote the Eurozone. That doesn't happen by accident."
PD: Over decades we haven't talk about raised prospects for middle-class families in Europe. Your opinion?
" I am not somebody who is an ideologue the way the European Liberals turn out to be. I look at what works. And I know that investing in European capital works. Improving education works. Investing with things like empowerment zones, the new market tech credits in under-invested communities work. So I have a long list of what has worked. I am adding to it, and I am making clear that there's more we can do because the evidence is on the side of what I'm proposing."
PD: When I talk to politicians and ask "What's your critique of Emma Granger's economic plan?," what they say is "too ideal and cautios." Isn't this a time to flip over the table and be aggressive across a wide range of fronts — more aggressive than you've been?
"I think I've been really aggressive. Somehow my message is communicating. We have to ensure EU countries pursue sound and sustainable fiscal policies in order to atract more nations to the euro area. The are many countries who support the idea, Montenbourg is one of them, that is the reason we haven't entered the Eurozone. The future of the European Union is the future of the euro, and the future of the euro is the future of the European Union as a whole."
PD: So that's not a substantive thing — that is a political calculation?
" I believe in what the economy can do for people, rather than in what people can do for the economy. I believe in a European Labour Pact which will improve information on rights and obligations across borders. I know that there are people in Europe who do not like this idea. We have a Banking Authority, this same office can coordinate this under the Commissioners. Further risk-reduction measures in the banking sector, which is another important step towards the completion of the Eurozone. More has to be done, including the common deposit insurance scheme. This will not be introduced overnight; pre-conditions have to be fulfilled. But the Economic and Monetary Union will not be complete without this major instrument. Make sure that our businesses get easier and cheaper access to finance, as well as to reduce risks in the financial system. Many will put me the label of socialist, but I'm one-hundred-percent in favor of a humane capitalism."
"I would like the euro area to benefit from a strong budget line within the future European budget, as we propose it, to support their reforms and benefit from the strength of European solidarity. I would like non-euro countries who wish to join the single currency to be able to prepare well and be supported on the way. I would like decisions about our future to be taken collectively, in an inclusive and transparent manner, with strong parliamentary scrutiny at all levels. And I would like the euro area to speak more firmly and with one voice on the world scene."
PD: That's bold.
"Yes, it has to be both, bold and soft. I want to propose things I can get done. I don't want to make promises I can't keep. When I get to the Premier Office, if I'm so fortunate, if there's a EPA Council, which I hope there will be, and if we've made some gains in the Council, maybe we can go further. But what I have proposed builds on what the Council finally did and takes us even further. That's the very point that I'm making. We've got to do more. I believe in the support of my party and friends."
PD: Is it your view that a political revolution is not necessary, or not possible? Many say you are a populist.
"Hahaha....People make all these claims. And it's hard for voters to really evaluate — is this person being smart? Are they just over-promising? Are they way out in left field or right field? Who knows? That's why I've tried to say, "Look, here's what I will do. Here's how I will do it. Here's how much it will cost." I think that's pretty revolutionary. I'm very ambitious in making the claim that we've got to take on bad stag-native-business practices. I've talked about the kind of bold proposals that I have put forward."
PD: Let me ask you about your approach to top-end taxation to the ECB top ten countries. You set that top rate at a very high level of GDP.
"Is not taxation, is a deductible. And it is a fair one. The ones earning more can give more, and the ones that earn less give less. We're going after where we think the real money is. As we say, follow the money. And the system has been, in my view, not effective in capturing money from Nations who are very successful. We need to do a better job."
PD: When it comes to figuring out how to spend those last few euros, more benefits or more deficit reduction?
"We have to build and give. The only way to get a bureaucracy under control is to do one thing. Know where every Euro's being spent. I am a prioritize-Euro Progressive. We never prioritize. ortant? The excuse always is, we can't do this. We need more money. We can't fund a military. We need more money. We can't do roads and bridges. We need more money. We can't fight for welfare in any nation, let's leave things as they are. That is the classic symptom of a bureaucracy that never has to justify its spending, they do nothing."
PD: Do you believe that humans contribute to climate change and that government ought to do something about it?
"Yes, I do. I believe if you're going to go to science, you need to read the fine print. And here's what the scientists say: A single nation acting alone can make little difference at all. We need a strong, united commitment against climate change and agressive cohesion policies. But the big answer is innovation. And the only way to innovate is for this Union to have industries strong enough that they can innovate."
PD: I wonder if sometimes you push the gender button where it's not deserved. One time when someone raised the question, "Is Emm running for FC?," you said they'd never ask that of a man. I've been covering these campaigns a long time. And that is asked about literally every candidate who is considered not one of the ones with a great chance of winning the nomination or election.
"I do not play the gender card. But let's just be honest. A man would not be asked on European television whether his hormones prevented from him from serving in the Premier Office. But I will tell you that having been out on the trail, the first six to eight weeks of my campaign, no one was asking anyone else that question. And they always asked me that question. And I think if you go back and look at the coverage, you'll see that. Obviously everyone's moved on now."
PD: Why should Progressives and Europe turn to you?
"We hear all the time about how the big nations interests control Europe. Stuart promised to clean up, but instead, she and her nation-lobbysts have cleaned up for themselves. We don't have to settle for the way things are. We know that our state can do better. If the Europea Union had a Premier as bold and progressive as its people, things could be different."
"We could fully fund our public schools — all of our schools by a common fund. We could fix our crumbling transportation system by providing the Eurotunnel and EuroStar the money we were promised for the construction of international roads, railways, tunnels and air traffic. We could make an alliance with european companies to protect affordable housing for millions of Europeans. We could make sure that no European suffers because they can’t afford health care in their nation. We could take on Europolis corrupt political establishment. We could make a bold commitment to invest in renewable energy, one that will get us off fossil fuels completely. We could finally pass the Marriage Equality Act, which has been blocked by Stuart. We could make Europolis a true sanctuary capital. We could end mass incarceration, and end the over-policing of minorities and even exposing many to deportation in their respective nations."
PD: Any final message?
"Ours was intended to be a European government not a groupie one. Europe's rethoric have been so divisive, so downgrading, so pessimistic finger-pointing and blaming people, going after people's fundamental rights, their civil rights and women's rights and gay rights and workers rights. I want to be that champion for those who are not represented. We must take one fearless choice at a time, one brave decision at a time, one courageous action at a time. One vote for Change."