• Leaving

    Unfortunately the official green party is no longer the Ecology Party and it is very odd to see long standing greens turning their back on all their ecological princples and backing a capitalist growth engine.

    • You know that small is beautiful and that centralisation only concentrates power and alienates people from their habitat.
    • You know that membership of the EU is not the only or even the best way to talk to and work with our neighbours.
    • You know that the solution to our ecological emergency requires massive and fundamental changes that simply cannot be imposed by a system that is fundamentally opposed to such changes.

    So the only sane green answer is to vote leave.

    I simply do not understand why you are all so scared of change and imagine voting for business as usual will not continue to make things worse - much worse. All this left right stuff is just internal Tory froth - for goodness sake see through it, stop being deluded and vote leave.

  • Other Philosophies Are Available

    Sunday. Facebook day.

    What a lot of people moaning because they can't accept a simple answer to a complex question. Three weeks of people unable to see beyond the end of their nose and being manipulated, and now they still can't see what is going on. Not that I can either, but there is plenty of good as well as some bad about the vote.

    In part it is in favour of decentralisation (a good green principle) and against decisions being taken by a remote and arrogant political class.
    That political class largely acts in the interests of planet destroying global business. Business itself is only doing what it is structurally constrained to do by a capitalist economic system. Capitalism is founded on a single vision rationalist world view which sees man as over nature, rather than part of nature.

    Other philosophies are available.

    Some of them are better tuned to the ecological systems which we are all a part of rather than masters of.

  • Socialism, Liberalism, Conservatism and Nationalism

    It seems that very often people on "the Left" like to brand things of which they disapprove as being in some way "Fascist". They are using the word, or the stronger "nazi" label, as nothing more than a snarl word, devoid of content beyond meaning 'I think this is bad nasty stuff'.

    It is as well to remember something about history and what fascism and national socialism actually were and why they were so popular.

  • There is no Ecology Party

    Thanks to a much delayed bus I found myself driving the A30 to Exeter at 5pm on Friday listening to R3. GP leadership was an item on the news so I gritted my teeth and switched to R4 to listen to the PM take on it.

    As reception drifted in and out around Dartmoor I heard their new leadership through the static do a good job of trying to appeal to Labour/Socialist votes and batting away loaded questions by the interviewer (well done there), but absolutely no mention of what should make the GP a unique proposition - no mention of environmental crisis, nothing, nada.

    Such a shame there is no longer an Ecology Party in the UK and no representation at all for the wider Green Movement. No attempt to appeal to a wide demographic who are deeply concerned about core green issues like continuing eco-system collapse. Just a narrow attempt to appeal to college educated sensible leftish minded middle class people who think a progressive alliance (WTF ever that is) will somehow make everything all right and lead to the greenest government ever - again

    They really are off the planet. Bring back David Ike?!

  • What Goes Around

    Its not Sunday, but here's a press release I just came across which you might enjoy:
    The truth is that whether Britain stays in or comes out of Europe we are doomed to continue our industrial decline with all that that implies. World conditions of (increasing) overpopulation, resource shortages and food scarcity will see to that. Europe as a whole will one day have to face the same situation being only about 80% self sufficient.
    The choice facing Britain on June 5th is very simple:-

    "Are we prepared to accept a sharp sudden jolt of catastrophic proportions in unemployment, food shortages and so on by pulling out now, but by being the first industrialised nation to face up to the realities of 'the post industrial age' use this to advantage to become once again our own masters.(Producing all our own food & living within our resources)"
    "Do we hang onto Europe and sink slowly into the slough and the inevitable eventual even greater catastrophy that faces the Western World over a longer period of time barring a complete shift in fundamental values and policies" ?
    The PEOPLE party says 'NO' as the answer in this referendum but looks hopefully to a broader vision of our future needs.
    Dated 31st May 1975. What goes around comes around.
    (yes they couldn't spell catastrophe - but remember typewriters didn't have spell-checkers built in)