I wonder how the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader will be feeling after the local elections. I am pretty sure that at least one of them will feel as if they have been given a bloody nose, perhaps all three of them. With UKIP stealing votes from all three parties but only having a single policy of any note, I was starting to despair. Will there ever be a party we can trust, we can get behind, we can engage with and know they will listen. The most effective policy in decades that has something like 85% public support was to cap benefits to £26,000, which I agree with, but it came from the Conservatives – who are so very anti disability. I think being involved in commerce at the highest levels means my natural home is that of the Conservatives, but the tricks they have been getting up to is just reprehensible, shameful and have totally alienated me and I suspect alienated a few million other disabled people.
Scandal over expenses
Privatising the water, gas, electric and other amenities so that the fat cats get fatter off our backs
Did you know we pay three times more for our water, even though we are the wettest country in Europe, than Italy or Spain who are starved of water?
Did you know we pay more for power (whether gas or electric) than any other country in Europe?
Did you know we have the most expensive railway in Europe?
Did you know we pay more to use our roads than anyone else in Europe and look at the state of them, some are worse than the back roads of Kenya?
We have had successive Governments that have messed around with the NHS over and over again and achieved nothing, now we are part way to privatisation and it’s just wrong!
Where is the party that we can trust with our economy, trust with our taxes, just plain old fashioned trust. I was ranting away at what the Government were doing with the Leveson recommendations, or should that be not doing, as they allow the newspapers to take control again, and an advert came on for the Green Party. It was like a light shining in the darkness and I was sold the moment they said about bring back into public ownership the core industries of power, water, transport, and improve the economy through a ‘green’ revolution. Everything I had been blogging about since last year that I wanted to see change was in their manifesto – the light was shining again! See for yourself:
The Green Party Vision
The Green Party has representatives at all levels of governance. We are committed to providing wellbeing and prosperity for everyone, in harmony with nature.
A caring, inclusive and democratic Green society will enable everyone to do valuable work, follow their interests, interact with their community and enjoy nature.
A Green government will have the courage to pursue responsible solutions to our social, economic and environmental crises through its commitment to fairness, citizen participation, shared responsibility, peace and environmental protection.
We will create jobs by making our homes and workplaces energy-efficient; our public transport and local food networks reliable and convenient; and our energy sources affordable, renewable and resilient.
Work will pay at least a living wage – ensuring a good quality of life – with a citizen’s pension providing dignified retirement. Tax contributions will match ability to pay.
We support high-quality public services run for people not private profit. We will protect the NHS and Post Office from privatisation and return our energy, water and rail networks to public ownership. We will strengthen our education system by providing free school meals, making schools accountable to parents and abolishing tuition fees.
To protect and support our economy, we will separate retail and investment banks and empower communities with a network of not-for-profit lenders.
We will support cooperative, diverse and resilient local economies to meet our needs while reversing the status-seeking wealth concentration that is deepening social divisions and destroying the natural world. We will regulate tax and invest to protect workers’ rights, support socially beneficial businesses and safeguard the ecosystems on which we rely.
A Green economy will use resources fairly and responsibly to provide a decent quality of life for all. Work will pay a living wage and high-quality public services will be run for public benefit, not private profit. To protect our economy we will separate retail and investment banking and limit the size of banks. Smaller companies and cooperatives will be supported to create many socially beneficial local jobs. By nurturing low-carbon industries and community economies, and by making polluters pay, a prosperous and resilient Green economy will thrive in harmony with our environment.
A Green approach to industry means harnessing the power of business to create socially beneficial jobs that provide for everyone’s needs. The Green Party will lead the transition to a sustainable economy through targeted support to encourage private sector investment; by applying the ‘polluter pays’ principle; and by encouraging ownership and control of local industries by workers and communities.
Health and the NHS
The Green Party believes that compassion and illness prevention must underpin our healthcare system. Through supporting healthier eating, exercise and access to nature and by reducing pollution and social inequalities, a Green government will support mental wellbeing while minimising healthcare needs and costs. We will maintain a publicly funded, publicly provided and decentralised health service, while abolishing prescription charges and reintroducing free eye tests and NHS dental treatment for all. We will implement the Scottish system of free social care for elderly people.
A Green government will eliminate fuel poverty and address the climate crisis by investing in our thriving energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. Affordable and renewable electricity will be generated, stored and distributed as close to users as possible, with maximum local control. Instead of shackling our nation with expensive new nuclear power and environmentally reckless shale gas, we will control energy bills and create more jobs by investing in warm and efficient homes, energy storage and smart grids and in renewable energy supply, owned by public, private and community enterprises. We will ensure energy resilience by expanding our international grid interconnectors.
The Green Party supports inclusive education in local schools with smaller classes that will enable every child to discover and fully develop their talents, whether in practical subjects, sciences, the arts or sports. A Green government will strengthen our education system by providing free school meals, ensuring every student has free access to quality higher education and by making local schools accountable to parents.
Welfare and pensions
The Green Party supports compassionate, empowering and effective welfare support for all. A living wage will provide a decent quality of life, while a citizen’s income will cover everyone’s basic needs. An unconditional citizen’s pension – linked to average earnings – will meet the basic needs of able-bodied people, enabling dignified retirement. We will provide more flexible support to carers of disabled and mentally ill people and increase their carer’s allowance. Housing and disability support will be linked to earnings and we will double child benefit.
The Green Party will build and refurbish homes to meet everyone’s needs for secure and comfortable housing. Council and co-operative housing will be prioritised for funding, housing associations democratised and protections for private tenants improved. Owners unable to pay their mortgage will have a right to rent their home from their council.
An integrated Green public transport system will be reliable, affordable, convenient and widely accessible. By investing in safe and spacious cycle lanes, pavements and pedestrian areas and in better local rail and bus networks, we will reduce air pollution and congestion. Taxes on more polluting transport will be used to provide efficient and affordable public transport alternatives. A Green government will return the railways to public ownership; re-open lines and stations and reduce fares.
Whether in Westminster, in boardrooms or at home, women continue to face major disadvantages across all sections of UK society. The Green Party will introduce a number of strong measures to promote gender equality and safeguard women’s rights including equal pay audits, shared maternity and paternity leave and better support for women in need.
Food and agriculture
The Green Party will pursue a resilient local and global food supply to ensure everyone has access to a sufficient diet of nutritious, safe and affordable food. We will support farming and local growing practices that protect the land and wider environment, support decent jobs, provide healthy food and respect animal welfare. We will support a European ban on genetically modified food.
A Green government will take bold, responsible and scientifically credible action to avoid catastrophic climate change. We will apply a contraction and convergence strategy to reduce emissions to a safe and equal per-capita level. Pursuing the necessary annual reductions of around 10% will create many jobs. We will provide free monthly carbon emission allowances and people wanting to use more than their fair share could trade allowances. Total emissions will be capped and will reduce each year in line with our 2030 emission reduction target of 90% on 1990 levels.
The Green Party wants a reformed Europe with governing institutions designed to resist capture by corporations and instead work democratically and cooperatively in the public interest. We will promote self-determination of nations and regions acting independently on local issues, whilst protecting the ability to cooperate on global issues that affect us all, like fisheries protection, climate change or human rights.
Green countryside policies will create sustainable and self-reliant communities living in harmony with a flourishing and diverse natural environment. Local decision making and economic management will provide the goods, services and infrastructure needed to enhance the wellbeing of rural communities.
Sure there are some policies I don’t agree with but when you have a bag of jelly beans there are always some flavours that makes one wince but the majority makes you eat more. So I am a fan of the Green Party and as such I want to share with them and you the following that I have posted before:
A Green Recovery:
I genuinely think they are worth giving a go; they cannot do any worse than the coalition, Osborne, or the rest. I cannot vote for Labour as they got us into this mess and every time I hear the nasal Ed Miliband talking I think of the best Prime Minister that we will never have, his brother. So a new team, a new concept and a morally green economy – got to be worth a try, nothing to lose. Have a look for yourself:
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