Graduating from Girton College, Cambridge with a first in English Literature, Ewan Pearson switched to London’s UCL in the early 90s where as well as studying for a masters degree in philosophy and cultural studies he increasingly devoted his time to producing dance music. Nowadays firmly established both as a DJ and serious A list producer he remains one of dance culture’s sharpest (and wittiest) personalities (check his Myspace blog here for lots more; http://www.myspace.com/ewanpearson )
Skrufff.com (Jonty Skrufff): @ho are you voting for? and why?
Ewan Pearson: “I am voting in Ludlow which is a Tory marginal where the Lib Dems have a strong chance of beating the sitting Tory MP. I will be voting Lib Dem. Why? Because I think it's vital that the Tories don't get back in - they may have Blaired up a bit on the surface but they are going to give thousands of pounds away to the richest few people in the country by cutting inheritance tax, they're allied with Far Right homophobes and fascists in Europe, they're absolutely the worst people to have in charge in the current economic situation, they believe in privilege and self-interest, not fairness or progressive values. They haven't changed.
Skrufff: How much is this election any more important (or not) that any others?
Ewan Pearson: “I think it's very important - if people vote tactically, that is for Labour where they are stronger and Lib Dem where they are stronger (and Green in Brighton) - we have a chance for a hung parliament, genuine electoral reform and a much fairer political system. Here are a couple of interesting links: http://www.progressiveparliament.org.uk/ http://www.voteforachange.co.uk/
Skrufff: How alarmed are you (if at all) about the state of Britain? (what issues concern you? the economy? crime? civil liberties? any others?)
Ewan Pearson: “My earliest political memory was the Tories winning in 1979. I remember what it was like, how vicious and divisive they were in power. The last 13 years have been by no means perfect (and I will never forgive Blair for going into Iraq) - but we have also had minimum wage, free nursery places, tax credits and sure start for kids, written off debts owed to us by the poorest countries in the world, scrapped Section 28 and a great deal more. it's easy to forget this stuff.
Skrufff: How much faith do you have in politicians?
Ewan Pearson: “Many of them have demonstrated themselves to be venal and self-serving. But many others work hard for ordinary people and for causes they believe in. But we can't abdicate our own responsibilities in this. I think we get the politcians we deserve - if we don't like them or the way we behave, then we should vote to put other ones in. But electoral reform would make a big difference here.”