Sweden place of residence.
Occupation. retired businessman
What makes you a Green Party supporter? If you are not a Green supporter, what would you like to see from the party?
I started supporting the greens instead of Labour in the 2015 General election primarily due to policies on Monetary Reform, I blogged about it at the time here.http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2015/04/paying-for-promises-trumpo-card-of.html
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How do you feel about the new leadership pairing? How can the green party secure success under Lucas and Bartley?
The use of incumbents advantage by Carline to anoint Bartley has not played well at grass roots level. This device and the shotgun start in the 1-month head start Caroline awarded their co-leader bid has led to complaints of a stitch up. The turnout was just 37% it would have been higher had the coronation not started its procession one month ahead of other candidates being able to declare. The Top-down style the leadership race and also progressive alliance proposals aggressively trailed by Lucas/Bartley also have engendered suspicion. This suspicion is also compounded by Johnathan's privileged middle class and Tory past. His speech at the conference explaining this away it is fair to say has met with some skepticism. The lack of diversity in the leadership and in the candidates standing did not go unnoticed and the loss of Shahrar Ali to the leadership is nothing short of a tragedy.
What do you see as the Green party's biggest failing in the past?
I agree with David Malone that the parties biggest failing in the past is ´´Kissing Whale's failure to address the broad spectrum of political economy and the very middle class, ´´tories doing gardeners question time´´ made the party irrelevant, even alien to the general mass of working class voters. The new leadership team do nothing to address the too white, too middle class and altogether too bourgeoise face of the Green party.
If you are a Green Party supporter, what message do you have for someone considering voting Green?
Keep a close eye on the next manifesto, if it is watered down and moves to the centre ground to the right of whatever the ´´new ´´, Labour party position becomes when its civil war ceases, do not vote Green if Monetary reform, UBI and seeking reform of the EU disappear, also be very wary. It is it seems forgotten that the GP did have an EU referendum promise in its 2015 manifesto, I have been analysing very closely Caroline's speech in the Commons debate yesterday.Listening to Brexit is a very important discipline for a Democrat, Caroline's speech is a curate's egg in this regard sadly.
What do you think the Green party needs to do to grow its membership/support?
The Green party is pretty poor when it comes to digital and online social media. It needs to walk the walk not just talk the talk of real electoral reform in Praxis and not just theory. Caroline said this yesterday in the neverendum debate. 'A more representative inclusive democracy. Democratic Control.
@2.24mins '' a political system that delivers government on the basis of just based upon just 24% of the eligible vote, clearly does not give us that.´´
On Green Leadership.
41 690 active eligible voters
32.55% mandate?for Lucas/Bartley
Incumbents advantage.? fully employed for the co-leaders, through to the actual online ballot presentation.
The leadership election figures tell a similar story, was it voter suppression? probably not, certainly though it was contributory negligence on the part of Lucas/Bartley and the GP machinery.
Daniel Lee Why are you joining Labour Party members to mock our leadership just because your candidate didn't win?
Europe The Green Party recognises that the UK is part of Europe and that we cannot cut ourselves off from our geography or its political realities. Our message on Europe is positive, not based on fear and nostalgia. Much EU action has been progressive: safeguarding basic rights, peace and security achieved through mutual understanding, environmental protection, the spread of culture and ideas, and regulation of the financial system. And in other areas, such as welfare policy, open discussion and coordination are useful. However, we prioritise local self-reliance rather than the EU’s unsustainable economics of free trade and growth. We would not adopt the Euro, which cannot work properly without much deeper political integration, and this would be contrary to our policy of subsidiarity. We support the proposal to have an in–out referendum so that the British people can have their say. This is because much has changed since the UK joined the Common Market in 1974. Endless debate on membership is a diversion from more important matters, such as ending inequality and adapting our economy to One-Planet Living. So it’s yes to Europe, yes to reform of the EU but also yes to a referendum. This is the policy that led to the election of an additional Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, in the South West last year.
“In a situation of manipulation, the Left is almost always tempted by a “quick return to power,” forgets the necessity of joining with the oppressed to forge an organisation, and strays into an impossible “dialogue” with the dominant elites. It ends by being manipulated by these elites, and not infrequently itself falls in an elitist game, which it calls “realism.”