Lower Rhine 34 questions to the candidate for the state parliament of the Greens in the constituency of Wesel IV (Moers and Neukirchen-Vluyn) – with a request for short answers.
Tom Wagener (Greens) would like to move to the state parliament in the NRW elections on Sunday 15 May. The editors asked him 34 questions, some of them very personal. The answers should help you get to know the candidate a little better.
1. What event shaped you politically?
Tom Wagener The disintegration of the former Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc.
2. What role do your parents play in this?
Gambler My parents were quite apolitical.
3. From which animal could man learn anything? And what?
Gambler From elephants: they are strong and yet peaceful.
4. Can you love someone who, in your opinion, votes for the wrong party?
Gambler It doesn’t matter who you vote for, it matters what alignment you have.
5. Have you ever lost a friend to politics?
Gambler No, but he earned a lot!
6. Do you consider yourself a good friend?
7. With which of yours
competitors you would
preferably a bike ride
followed by a picnic?
Gambler I am a very sociable person. Apart from the candidates from the AfD and the base, therefore, I would take everyone with me.
Gambler A secure, peaceful and climate-neutral future.
9. Which politician is a good role model for you?
Gambler I am very impressed with Robert Habeck. As a politician and as a person.
10. What book should you read at the age of 30?
Gambler All parts of Harry Potter.
11. Which song is accompanying you during the election campaign?
Gambler Just save the world for a moment (by Tim Bendzko).
12. If you could, what problem would you solve and get rid of once and for all?
Gambler If I could, I would abolish all wars in the world.
13. What’s wrong with this country?
Gambler Many things are going well in Germany, especially now with the new federal government. We must look positively and confidently to the future and defend our values, our freedoms and our democracy!
14. What’s better than its reputation?
Gambler Vegetarian and vegan diet.
15. What would you like to go out on the street for?
Gambler For climate protection, human rights, peace, democracy and against hatred and violence. And not only would I do it, I do!
16. Do you tend to be overrated or undervalued? What do you prefer?
Gambler Neither nor. I play cards face up and do my best. So people know what they have in me.
17. When was the last time you went wrong?
Gambler I feared that Donald Trump would be re-elected president of the United States. Luckily it didn’t happen.
18. Which celebrity would you like to have one with?
Go for a coffee – and what would you like to tell her?
Gambler Tiger Woods. I find him fascinating as an athlete!
19. Cheese plate or dessert?
Gambler Alcohol is overrated.
Gambler Obviously green. In coalition but with red.
23. Where do politicians always want to take “citizens” with them? And why?
Gambler “Bring the citizens with you” means that the opinions and will of the citizens are included in political decisions. And the results are communicated in such an understandable way that citizens identify with them and recognize them: this is an important part of democracy.
24. What superpower would you like to have? And why?
Gambler I would love to have Timm Thaler’s contagious laugh to make everyone around me happy too.
25. Why is traveling by train not easy and free?
Gambler In cities and regions where the rail network is well developed and a sufficient number of vehicles are used, train travel is simple, comfortable and, compared to alternatives, also cheap. We have to get there, and if the offer is good, it doesn’t have to be free to be accepted.
26. Could you completely give up on air travel?
Gambler Basically yes. However, I would find it more desirable if we could switch to climate-neutral fuels as quickly as possible. It would be possible with green hydrogen, for example.
27. What will we have to justify our grandchildren for? And do you think this is right?
Gambler I am confident that with the right policies we can still keep our major problems under control. And our grandchildren don’t ask us: “Why didn’t you do anything?”, But “How did you do it?”.
28. Do you miss Angela Merkel?
Gambler I appreciate Angela Merkel as a person, but her policies have ensured that many important social and climate-related processes have been prevented or delayed. She made sure Germany was well economically “yesterday” – but at the expense of the climate, the future and future generations, so she won’t miss her politics.
29. When was the last time you cried?
Gambler Did you really cry? When my mother died. On the other hand, I have “Pippi in my eyes” with every third sentimental film or current reportage from Ukraine.
30. What is your best childhood memory?
Gambler Time together as a family.
31. Which party would you vote for if yours didn’t exist?
Gambler A fan of climate protection, justice, equality, democracy, peace and the future. If this party didn’t exist, I would have found it.
32. How many days are left for the state elections?
(In relation to the day on which the questionnaire is answered, ed.)
33. What are you doing on May 15th at 6pm?
Gambler I will sit in front of the TV with my family and friends and wait for the results.
The Prime Minister asks you
to the state government.
Which department would you most like to hire, and why exactly this?
Gambler My main political and professional skills are in mobility, traffic planning, urban development and construction. And it’s no secret that traffic and construction are associated with massive climate and environmental problems. So I’d like to get involved here.