What will the General Election mean for fair trade?
In exactly a month Britain will go to the polls to decide who will form our next government. Already it looks like the electoral arithmetic may take some sorting out. But how will the election affect fair trade? And what questions should we be asking our prospective candidates?
The Fairtrade Foundation have come to the rescue with this handy guide which not only summarises the current state of play but also suggests useful questions you could ask candidates at hustings events.
While "fair trade" may seem like a niche area, it's really just a part of what will probably be the biggest battleground during the election - the economy. Do we want an economy that is fairer, greener and future proof? Or one which is based on exploitation, dwindling fossil fuel reserves and a race to the bottom? That may sound like a loaded question, but the stakes couldn't be higher.