‘Green’, or ‘green’

This may come across as rather pedantic, but it’s annoying nonetheless so I shall run with it.  I keep (inadvertently) clicking on links on my twitter feed that take me to Green Party press releases or the latest partisan article written by their leader, Caroline Lucas. Why? Because people keep on posting links with descriptions such as ‘the green case for voting reform’, or ‘the green case for nuclear’.

This is annoying. The Green Party of England & Wales do not have a monopoly over the term ‘green’. As I said in a tweet earlier today: ‘@davidmentiply Please be explicit when [making a] party political point.’ Otherwise, it comes across as though the Green Party/their leaders are speaking on behalf of other self-identified greens who happen to be non-aligned or of another party altogether.  I’m sure we agree on a lot of issues but, similarly, there are many cases where we do not. For clarity, let’s try not to blur the lines if we can help it.


On Gandhi

Gandhi prophesised that an economy built on material consumption would cause a serious threat to the environment. In recent years, many greens have sought to capitalise on this anti-industrial message. But what exactly is the Gandhian remedy and how useful is it for the present day?

This article was originally posted on Bright Green. Read it in full, here.

Australian ‘carbon tax’ hangs in the balance

The Sydney Morning Herald has an interesting article on why Julia Gillard ‘may make a good PM after all’  – Labor are going ahead and imposing a ‘carbon tax’ on emissions. About time. If you remember, it was the former Labor leader Kevin Rudd’s reluctance to push ahead when he was PM that signalled the beginning of the end for him.

Australia is one of the highest greenhouse gas emitters in the world. It relies heavily on coal to fuel the economy. Around 80% of electricity comes from burning domestic coal. Australia is also the largest exporter of coal on the planet, with increasing amounts heading to China and India each year. Clearly, something needs to change.

But there is one major obstacle to Gillard’s ‘carbon tax’ plan – the Greens. They hold the balance of power in the Australian Senate. If they do not regard Labor’s proposals as adequate then it will be stalled. If this happens then the former Labor Finance Minister, Lindsay Tanner, will have been proved right – with the Greens you get Left wing rhetoric but Right wing outcomes. In short, the ideological purity of the Greens may prevent the carbon tax from happening. This would be a crying shame.

h/t NYTimes ABC


Green Party

epolitix – reports that Green Party leader, Caroline Lucas, is calling for a “Green New Deal”.

letsrecycle – welcomes the Green Party pledge to double spending on recycling and waste management.

BBC – provides an at-a-glance review of the Green Party manifesto.

Myles Allen -on why he wont be voting Green.

The Telegraph – on why many of their readers (you would presume) will not be voting Green either.