Thursday, 29 April 2010

Vote for what you believe in

There's 1 week to go... The still-increasing prospect of a balanced (aka 'hung') Parliament is good news for those of us who believe that it is high time that Britain recognised that it has multi-Party politics, and that British politicians need to work together, across Party lines, to secure a democratic mandate. However, it is distressing to see that the Party still managing to stay narrowly out in front in the national polls (the Conservative Party) is the Party most firmly committed to massive government cuts (rather than to what is obviously needed: investment in a 'Green New Deal') and to shrinking the state and to deregulation (when the gathering climate crisis - not to mention the last three years of unprecedented financial crisis - have demonstrated with absolute clarity the need for strong state action to prevent complete meltdown).
It's time for real change. Sending Green Party MPs to Westminster, where they might play a crucial role in influencing for the better the policies of a minority government, or at least in preventing the dismal plans of the old Parties, is now the most positive and effective way in which voters can act.
Luckily the Green Party is now stronger than it has ever been before, and is for the first time ever in realistic contention to win in some seats, such as here in Norwich South, where I'm writing from. The Conservatives are weak here, and (to judge from all the posters on the streets, and from what people are saying to me on the doorstep) it is the Green Party that is in potential contention to take this seat from Labour.
The national debates have enabled many citizens to recognise that they can look beyond the old Parties.
Here, and in a number of other places in Britain, that certainly can and clearly should now mean: voting for the Greens. So that we can win.
 

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Greens are still far from being a real force for change in British politics. Only a couple of places in the UK show any prospect of Green representation.

I think people still dont take the Greens seriously. I actually agree with holistic Green views on healthcare, and the need for a slower, less stressful way of life. Most of the other Green policies are closely aligned to my views. The problem is most people still see the party as a one issue protest, rather than a plausible alternative. Image.

From debating with Greens I have to say I have been deeply disappointed by the level of engagement, made worse by the fact that some are clearly well educated so should be capable. For instance on CO2, which is the one issue I disagree on, I have been challenging Greens to be open, to exchange information and to get feedback on their view on various contrary views.

Rather than intelligent debate or exchange of research, I have found Greens to be stubbon to the point they ignore or disregard any opposition. In fact I have been personally accused of caring nothing for our future. I have seen you respond similarly on this blog Rupert.

I have voted Green in every election for the last 5 years but because of my recent experience I'm voting Labour. I'll never vote Tory and I feel the same way as you about the Lib Dems.

I welcome emotion in debates but not demonisation, which always has a propaganda-ish whiff about it. The Greens need to engage in debate, even on the most sensitive subjects, if you want the support of the people.

Do you have any comment for me Rupert?

29 April 2010 at 23:09  
Blogger Rupert said...

Yes. If you are a climate-doubt-addict then we don't want you voting for us.

This is no time for non-experts to be pfaffing around asking for more research. If we don't take ACTION now, as Greens promise, then it will be too late. The Precautionary Principle demands serious action to reduce carbon emissions, now.

All else is distraction.

30 April 2010 at 11:09  
Blogger Paul said...

Rupert!

No, no, non, no...

I cannot believe your comment that you don't want a 'climate-doubt-addict' voting for the Greens.

I do not share your views on your so-called 'dangerous climate change' so do you want me to stop my support for Adrian !!!!!

30 April 2010 at 15:35  
Blogger Rupert said...

Oh dear, this is awkward.

I guess my previous comment was a bit strong; I was annoyed, and wrote accordingly. What I meant to say was: I would far rather that those who main intent is to cause trouble and to seed disinformation about manmade climate change didn't pretend to support us. But I welcome support from those who generally and genuinely believe in what the Greens (or some specific Green candidate) are standing for, even if you happen to disagree with us on some policy, even an important one.

30 April 2010 at 22:34  

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There's 1 week to go... The still-increasing prospect of a balanced (aka 'hung') Parliament is good news for those of us who believe that it is high time that Britain recognised that it has multi-Party politics, and that British politicians need to work together, across Party lines, to secure a democratic mandate. However, it is distressing to see that the Party still managing to stay narrowly out in front in the national polls (the Conservative Party) is the Party most firmly committed to massive government cuts (rather than to what is obviously needed: investment in a 'Green New Deal') and to shrinking the state and to deregulation (when the gathering climate crisis - not to mention the last three years of unprecedented financial crisis - have demonstrated with absolute clarity the need for strong state action to prevent complete meltdown).
It's time for real change. Sending Green Party MPs to Westminster, where they might play a crucial role in influencing for the better the policies of a minority government, or at least in preventing the dismal plans of the old Parties, is now the most positive and effective way in which voters can act.
Luckily the Green Party is now stronger than it has ever been before, and is for the first time ever in realistic contention to win in some seats, such as here in Norwich South, where I'm writing from. The Conservatives are weak here, and (to judge from all the posters on the streets, and from what people are saying to me on the doorstep) it is the Green Party that is in potential contention to take this seat from Labour.
The national debates have enabled many citizens to recognise that they can look beyond the old Parties.
Here, and in a number of other places in Britain, that certainly can and clearly should now mean: voting for the Greens. So that we can win.
 
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