Archives for the month of: May, 2014

The future’s bright, the future’s green

A few of us in local Green Party submitted this letter – to national and local newspapers.  They chose not to print it.

Enter, stage left – (knights on horseback, with bright green “amour”) – the world wide web and social media – to save the day?

Photo by The Butcher Baker under a Creative Commons license




We’re pretty sure many readers will be quietly wishing for an altogether brighter, greener, cleaner tomorrow, and for real change from the ‘win-lose’ politics of business as usual.  The upcoming elections for our regional Members of European Parliament (MEPs) offer us a rare opportunity to write history.  Held under proportional representation, every vote will count.


Suppose, for example, you wished to vote as follows:-  yes to a referendum on Europe, yes to major EU reform, yes to staying in a reformed Europe, yes to saving the NHS, yes to renewable energy, yes to real action on the environment, and yes to scrapping HS2.  If that’s you – then your one vote for the Green Party is like seven big yeses – a yes for real change from the “same old” politics of the past.

What’s to lose?  Ink May 22nd in your diaries today.

And as Jonathon Porritt wisely once advised: “the future will be green, or not atall”


Jem Bailey, Amanda Craig, Dave Hampton and Paul Mansell

Chiltern Green Party




Imagine Solar pensions… I wonder if you can…


Imagine no pollution,
It’s easy if you try,
Oil and fossil left below us,
Above us, pure clear sky,
Imagine all the people
living off today…

Imagine there’s no carbon,
It isn’t hard to do,
No oil to kill or die for,
No false religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace…

Imagine solar pensions…
I wonder if you can,
No need for greedy nuclear,
Not in our neighbourhood plan,
Imagine all the people
Sharing out the sun…

You may say I’m a dreamer,
but I’m not the only one,
I hope some day you’ll join us,
And the world will live on sun.




Graphic from

Lennon lyric up-cycled by Dave Hampton, 2006