Why I’ll be voting Green on June 4th

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My vote will not be a protest vote. I will not be voting to give New Labour a kicking, or because I want to keep out the BNP [1]. I will be voting for the Greens because they offer a chance to shape the world in a better, fairer and greener way.

Their manifesto is available here and you should give it a read.

Green jobs and a Green New Deal are the only way forward for the world. A new economy is vital and I would like to address a common misconception against this idea. The theory runs that any green job created will be a drain on more productive endeavours. That it will cost us more money to create these jobs than they will give back, and that the energies of those employed greenly will be misallocated when they could be working more productively elsewhere.

This criticism rests on a false construction of value. Green jobs will almost certainly be less productive than those powered by fossil fuels, there is simply too much energy in fossil fuels for a green alternative to compete at the moment. However, carbon is underpriced, its price does not correlate to the damage it will cause if released and it is here that green jobs have the advantage.

By including the true price of carbon the damage done by those non-green jobs vastly out weighs their advantage. Green jobs are the only alternative for a sustainable and viable future. A Green GDP is the only way to calculate wealth; the environmental damage must be subtracted from the economic gain. Only the Greens to understand this, and that is one of the reasons I am supporting them.

Social Justice

Of course, what also attracted me is that they are not only an Environmental Party. They have campaigned vigorously for a living wage, which Labour have failed to provide. They have also campaigned for more affordable and better housing, because housing should be a right not a privilege I support them in this.

The reasons I will be supporting the Greens are overwhelmingly positive. However, it would be unfair to pretend that a little disappointment in modern politics has not contributed to my conversion.

I’m not saying that my choice was hard…

…because it helps that many of the other parties are scum. To warm up, I think we can begin by shooting some fish in a barrel.

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For example, UKIP, they appear to be gaining ground since the explosion of Espensesgate, which is amusing considering the state of UKIP Expenses claims. In any case, UKIP seem to have introduced some rather clever electioneering techniques that would have Stalin salivating. Nigel Farage has registered the name Libertas at the European level, stopping the anti-EU pro-EU Libertas[3] from campaigning under their own name in the European elections. I will never vote for a party that practices cheap tricks in place of policy. Never mind who counts the votes, so long as you can claim all the names on the register!

The English Democrats appear to be flirting with racists and their aims seem somewhat bizarre. Their primary policy planks seem to tackle the four fold danger of Immigrants, Political Correctness, English Culture and the EU. They seem to think three are bad, and one is good – go ahead – pick which one it is!

Now we’ve mocked the weak and laughed at the terminally incomprehensible we turn to the Big One: Labour.

Well, what a disappointment. Inequality in Britain is at its highest point since the 1960s and this has happened under a Labour Executive. On top of that, Immigrants and Refugees have been treated disgracefully in search of cheap reactionary votes. [2]

Labour now stands bereft of policies. Their last positive move for working people was to ensure that waiters wages were not topped up with tips. This is a fantastic move for those affected, but this was a policy which simply enforced what everyone thought was the status quo in the first place, no great step forward here and none in sight.

Unsurprisingly, I cannot stand the Conservative Party and their stance on the EU seems erratically schizophrenic. So I shall be moving on quickly to the only competition which the Greens have faced for my vote; the Liberal Democrats.

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Nick Clegg has behaved admirable and as the Expensesgate scandal unfolds he appears to be handling the situation the most deftly. Moreover, they have stood firm on a number of positions which I can respect. They opposed ID cards, they opposed 42 day detention, they supported the Gurkha, they want to cut income tax bills by £700 for people on low and middle incomes. In fact, I am almost convincing myself to vote for them as I write this.

However, they just aren’t quite Green enough for me. They may stand ahead of the other three main parties but that is hardly illustrious company to keep.

You Should Vote Green Even If…

Even if many things ward you against the Greens you should still back them. Climate change is of overwhelming importance, and no party will take the necessary steps unless the Greens can increase their influence, or the policies the Greens advocate are implemented

An increased vote for the Greens is looking possible. 34% people would consider voting for the Greens, until a few weeks ago I would have fallen into that bracket. Now I fall into slightly more exclusive club. A Green revolution is possible and necessary if we are to avoid a disaster. I am not pretending that it is going to start on June 5th, but a movement has to gain traction, and this could be it.

[1] I, of course, do want to keep out the BNP, however, they received just 2.9% of the vote last time round and were over 100,000 votes behind the next party.

[2] I could provide examples, if any one would like to claim the Labour have been a “soft touch,” or that we have been “drenched” in immigrants in the last decade, but I hope those reading will understand my point perfectly well.

[3] Quite emphatically not anti-EU Veritas, not a mistake I will be making again as I now look like a Twat. 13th post too, a coincidence???

9 thoughts on “Why I’ll be voting Green on June 4th

  1. “…stopping the anti-EU Libertas …”

    Eh? Have you read up on these guys? From Libertas themselves: “We believe that the European Union has limitless potential. It is one of the most successful projects in world history.”

    1. Wow, I believe I have them confused with Veritas. Shit. Oh well, still a dirty handed trick I suppose. Time for some back tracking….

  2. I don’t think it’s correct that a ‘Green New Deal’ will reinvigorate the economy. It’ll create green jobs, yes, but it will also destroy dirty ones, and whatever it does to ‘the economy’ the massive upheaval will create a lot of losers. I’m not saying we shouldn’t do it, just that we shouldn’t kid ourselves it’s going to be much fun, and I think the sense that greens are promising we can have our cake and eat it too does deter some people.

    Also, if I don’t vote for the Greens it’ll be because they’re not serious enough about climate change…they oppose both nuclear power and GM crops even though they could make a difference, as well as a slightly extreme opposition to animal testing (as far as I can see they don’t even make an exception for insects). But there is symbolic value in the Greens doing well, and sometimes the Lib Dem’s European voting record hasn’t lived up to their rhetoric.

    1. There’s some good points there.

      I definitely agree with you about animal testing. I think there are some fantastic things that can be done with testing on animals, unfortunately I can’t agree with all of the Green’s policies.

      The point I was trying to make was that the economic benefit of the dirty jobs which are destroyed, or not created, is more or less cancelled out by the damage they do.

      For example, an offshore Oil worker is paid well, has a reasonable pension and produces a product which is in demand all around the world. However, the damage which this job does (entirely outside the intentions of the worker or their boss) offsets this gain.

      The person who loses their job working in an Oil well suffers far less badly than those flooded out of their home etc. I don’t pretend that it’s a “good” option for every one, but for the majority it is a “good” and for others it’s the least bad option. Not true in all cases, but if the medium to worst case scenario play out then the destruction of those dirty jobs will be more than worth it.

      My opposition to GM crops stems more from my opposition to a transnational company like Monsanto controlling the supply of seeds, instead of farmers, than an opposition to genetic engineering (most if not all GM foods are created infertile to maximise seed sales). In any case the problems of third world hunger can be sorted by better distribution, enough food can be produced.

  3. Green is not (necesssarily) the answer…

    Please check out http://www.wecaneurope.org. Haroon Saad is an independent candidate standing for London for a new movement called ‘We Can Europe.’ We are not a political party – in fact we believe they are part of the problem. We are urging voters to use the EP elections on June 4th as way to push change upon our political parties by voting independent.

    In concrete terms Haroon pledges the following..

    Use the resources that an MEP receives to support the creation of online London communities on issues linked to the EU agenda.
    Ensure that the voice of these communities is heard in Brussels.
    Work with public and third sector organisations in order to secure EU funding for work linked to the online forums.
    Campaign with EU wide groups to increase the amount of EU funding allocated for European co-operation and collaboration at local and city level.
    Develop links with other cities in Europe to strengthen the voice of Londoners in Brussels.
    Lobby with EU groups to promote the need of EU funding for supporting social innovation in our mainstream public services.
    Publish my expenses – how much I got and how I used the money.
    Provide a monthly blog so you know what I have been up to.
    Be present and accessible

    1. Thanks Rosie, but you’ve not really engaged with the post whatsoever. Also, I live in the South East and so can’t vote for Mr Saad.

      I am also a little worried if one of his “concrete” pledges is to to be “present and accessible.”Hmm, I am a little unconvinced.

      I agree that political parties are a problem where they entrench privilege and centralise power within their executive structure. However, Labour movements across Europe and the world have created political parties that represented their views democratically (some now come to little other than ashes, RIP Labour).

      On the other hand, the Greens have shown time and again to be a decentralised, progressive, bottom-up organisation. Which is what leads me to believe you are electioneering on my comments section, which strikes me as a little rude. Have the decency to engage with the post, tell me why Haroon Saad would appeal to someone who wrote the post you just commented on.

  4. Good blog, and it’s always nice to come across a left field blog advocating a vote for the Greens – we’re a growing force on the blogosphere!

    Just quickly on Libertas it’s quite right they are anti-Lisbon but not anti-EU however their European slate is sadly infested with anti-semites and other dodgy geezers which is why theead of their list in the North West just stood down in support of the Greens.

    1. Well, what alternative do we have, eh? I would love a Socialist Party to vote for that took a strong line the Environment but I’ll more than happily settle for a Green Party that takes a strong line on anti-Capitalism. I’ll make sure to check out your blog.

      Libertas are quite the confusing party, but the error was mainly down to me foolishly tarring all “-eritas” parties with the same brush. I am very impressed by their behaviour in the North West. I would love to add Peter Cranie to the EU Parliament.

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