What now for the Green party?


People are asking and it’s occurred to me too that since the recent Quality of Life report came out, and in view of the fact that all the mainstream parties appear to be taking the environment issue onboard, how relevant is the Green party now.

First of all, I’ve just finished reading the report and I am largely inspired.  Of course it remains to be seen as to whether it will be adopted or whether it will be used as a campaign manifesto promise that will turn to dust as soon as the party gets its ‘feet under’.  The Tories are already squabbling over it.

Anyway, the Greens – at the moment they are debating whether to change their traditional policy of having a male and female principal speaker and go for an overall party leader like most other political parties do.  Traditionally they have always refused to have a power figurehead with the ego-package that always comes with it, preferring rather to show a more equal and inclusive party of members working together rather than dog-fighting tiers of power  (well that’s my interpretation).   However, some feel that the Greens needs to raise their public profile and vote for a leader for the first time.  Personally, I’m not sure how this would help them.  I think they should not be led by what’s popular – by the media-driven need to have a charismatic figurehead to love or loathe.  The Greens should be guided by the very principles that have kept them unique and separate from power-craved and corruptible ego’s that dominate the mainstream political arena.

Anyway, my main point . . .  is the Green party still relevant? 

Absolutely! 

it seems to me that some of the Green party’s environmental policies are very similar to some of the suggestions in the report.  The Green party has been fighting for such things since its conception.  The Greens have always argued that environmental policy should be integrated into all social and employment policies, both in the UK and at EU levels. 

But Green politics isn’t just about the environment and tackling climate change.  It’s about social justice, trade justice, compassionate humanity, equality, level playing fields, consideration for animals, peace, nuclear disarmament and on it goes. 

The mainstream parties have shown time and again that, environmentally, they talk-the-talk.  Unfortunately history has also taught us that it remains just that – talk.

Sian Berry, Principle Speaker – Green party Autumn conference:

“In the last year, there has been a lot of talk about climate change from the other parties. If you weren’t paying attention, you might think it was all sorted out. But no, the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions are still rising by more than 1% a year. 

“How can that be? The answer lies in the yawning gap between the other parties’ words and their actions. You can depend on the other parties to back up their warm words on climate change with a total lack of delivery.  

“They want you to think climate change is your fault. They make it hard for you to be green, and then they make you feel guilty about it. They give you no help to make changes, and then penalise you when you don’t revolutionise your life. 

“Gordon Brown thinks you should solve climate change by changing your lightbulbs. We think you should solve climate change by changing your government.”  

“The other parties want you to believe that reducing emissions means reducing your quality of life. Maybe their way it does, but they have got it the wrong way round. 

They think the status quo is the way things are meant to be; that this is as good as it gets. We don’t agree. For the Green Party, tackling climate change means creating a fairer, happier, healthier, more enjoyable life.”

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3 responses to this post.

  1. The more the main parties take on environment and social justice issues the happier I am.

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  2. In my opinion the Greens should always stay there as watchdogs of environment, never as a party, and else what will give the Greens supremacy over all the political parties should be the full support from us. We should all of us belong to the Greens, support the Greens, of course provided they keep fighting against any one whose behaviour attempts at the clealiness of Nature.

    The Greens should never disappear.

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  3. Matt, you’re absolutely right. Me too. I just wish the Greens could get a look in at Westminster but with the FPTP system rather than PR, they don’t stand a muchly.
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    Jose, good comment. The Greens have been our eco-watchdogs well before the mainstream parties jumped onboard. That is ultimately why they exist. We need them.

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