No Guardians in Finchley

February 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm 2 comments

The Green Party descended en masse on Mrs Thatcher’s old fiefdom for our spring conference. As a result, by 10 a.m. on Saturday there wasn’t a Guardian to be had. The guy in the health food shop was delighted though!

 I was there for the Friday and Saturday, and found it a very enjoyable experience, laying aside one or two teensy organisational snafus. The highlights included my brief meeting with Caroline Lucas (see pic) during which we discussed the NHS and the horrors being inflicted on it by the Tory/Labour bunch. She’d made it the centre of her conference speech, and I was meeting her shortly afterwards.

Another highlight was a panel discussion on (in)equality, during which the distressingly youthful Johann Hari and the author/epidemiologist Kate Pickett rocked the joint with a combination of hard if upsetting facts and rousing invective! We gave them a standing ovation and all felt a little less isolated in our struggle against the forces of darkness.

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  • 1. Carla Boni  |  February 23, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Negative campaigning is so attractive Ms Sweeny. Let’s have some ideas from a party who has never been in power and never will be.

    The Green Party is no longer relevant, it’s ideology has been absorbed by mainstream politics since the noughtie’s and is as much of an aberration now as UKIP or the BNP. All of which will be in decline from the forthcoming election onwards, regardless of which party wins.

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  • 2. Richard Lawson  |  February 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    It is such a pity that in the run-up to elections, when we need clear discussions of the options being put before the electorate, that political discourse falls to a low level of ad homs and innuendo.

    Carla, there is absolutely no negative campaigning in the blog piece you comment on. The Green Party is making slow and steady progress, held back here by a dysfunctional electoral system. In countries with more democratic systems, many Greens are in Government.

    Some of our policies have been adopted by other parties, and many of our policies are now enacted. Would that other parties would adopt our ideology, one that brings economics back into its proper relationship with ecology, and has always emphasised equity, well before Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson provided the scientific evidence for our policy.

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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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