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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




Is this part of the key to unlock just why Governments so often dys-function?

There is a vast body of (e.g. spirit level) evidence that increasing the “rich-poor” divide makes us sick, unhappy, and fearful.  Pursuing policies that make the rich even richer is not just wrong, (although wrong’s enough, in my book) but also illogical in terms of the self-interest of the rich. It is the politics of self-harm. And those who lead this way need our compassion. They need help!

Supposing this is ‘just’ a cock-up – Abilene style – rather than a conspiracy of a few bad men?

“The Abilene paradox is a paradox in which a group of people collectively decide on a course of action that is counter to the preferences of any of the individuals in the group. It involves a common breakdown of group communication in which each member mistakenly believes that their own preferences are counter to the group’s and, therefore, does not raise objections. A common phrase relating to the Abilene paradox is a desire to not “rock the boat”

Interstingly  – “not rocking the boat” (sorry for those enduring floods today) – was an expression that I heard more during the 7 years as part of the Civil Service (early 1990s) – than at ANY other time in my life.  A clue perhaps?

When the governmental lifeboat has big holes in it – rocking the boat helps us progress.