Tuesday, June 15, 2004

green politics and kilroy

I haven't time to go into this in anything like the detail I would like to, but Sam draws my attention to the 'Manifesto for a Sustainable Society', which, given that I voted Green in the European elections, I really ought to have read already. It makes for interesting reading, although it does not contain too many surprises; idealistic statements on the environment which it is difficult to disagree with , fine words on transport, asylum and taxation, rubbish on Europe and the single currency, wonderful on the hereditory principle and the royal family - generally quite impressive, Europe aside. I need to read it in more detail, though.

For a quicker synopsis, the dreadful Kilroy-Silk, and more yesterday concerning his role in the party's sudden success. As Michael Moore has long pointed out, if Oprah Winfrey stood for President of the United States she'd win with ease. Which makes me wonder quite how successful the Greens can be if the best they can do is Peter Tatchell?


BB said...

Hmm, Tatchell. You wouldn't think it now but he was a Labour by-election candidate in 1982 and could have been MP for Southwark N & Bermondsey today were it not for a vicious anti-Aussie and anti-Gay campaign led by the Labour council leader.

Anyway, my main point is: how many 'breakthroughs' do the Greens need? They 'broke through' in the Euro election of 1989, just like the Liberals 'broke through' in the General Elections of 1974. The problem is these people assume there's an upwards curve, not an extremely wobbly one...

And finally... the only (English) party to the left of Labour that has ever won seats at Westminster is... the good old Communist Party of Great Britain (2 MPs in 1945)

jonathan said...

Looking back at this post, I'm not sure why I singled out Peter Tatchell in this way. I don't think there are many more courageous or interesting politicians than him, in actual fact, so perhaps I was just having a stupid day.