[Note: it appears that the original title of this post was misleading. I have written 4 campaign posts since, with others to follow]
It doesn’t look as though I am going to make it. I have 2/20 confirmed nominations. I go on holiday in less that 36 hours time. I shall break the golden rule, and take my laptop, so it will still be possible, but several who I would have expected to confirm by now have not done so. Where are those who said “I might not vote for you, but it should’nt be a coronation”?
For what it is worth, although I would welcome the change I have asked for in the Bartley/Lucas website, I shall stand, nominations permitting, anyway.
Here is the 500 word statement I shall submit if there is any point:
I want(ed) Andrew Cooper to become Green Party Leader. So I suggested to Caroline that she and he should stand as joint candidates. The practical arrangement would be that Caroline got on with the more than full-time job she does so well, so that Andrew would be de facto leader. But on second thoughts such a strategy would have been out of order. The leader must stand on her/his own merits.
I am standing because it is urgent that the Green Party returns to the reason it was founded , which is well stated on the Bartley/Lucas website:
“Learning how to live well on a planet of finite resources is the most pressing challenge we face.”
But you only find what should still be the core raison d’ être of the Green Party if you click ‘Read more’. The research published by James Hansen and others around the time of the Paris conference on climate change indicate that failure to address the threat of ecological collapse may be more imminent than previous studies predicted.
But our message need not be “The end of the world is at hand”, but “The end of the world need not be at hand”
I am almost a founder member of the Green Party. I pointed out to the actual founder members in March 1973 that they had just founded a socialist party, whether they liked it or not. If a ‘steady state economy’ were to be a policy option for governments, then a much fairer distribution of wealth would be necessary to make it thinkable for whole populations . I suggested ‘A Recession can be Fun’ as an early slogan, to stand what enemies would say on its head. Wiser (?) counsels prevailed.
Sustainability is the base against which everything else must be judged, not a single issue. I advocate the Citizens’ Basic Income as a staple policy. It has been described as ‘A capitalist road to communism’. It combines encouragement for enterprise with social justice in a steady state economy, but it now frightens me. The idea is gaining traction world-wide, but only in the context of inequality – no mention of sustainability. Without de-growth, the ‘Paris’ agreement is doomed, and with it most of the recent aims of the Green Party.
Andrew Cooper will be a much better Leader than me. He is the Deputy candidate with the firmest grasp of ecological realities. I am remarkably fit for my age (81), and I do have a narrative which I wish to promote, but I would envisage much of the work being undertaken by my deputies. If I am elected, then Andrew Cooper is fairly certain to be one of those deputies. This is at least as legitimate a strategy as what will happen if the bookies’ favourites win.
Andrew is aware of my plans, but he has not commented. I have not asked him to nominate me.
Nevertheless the de facto choice for the Green Party is not Lord or Lucas, but Cooper or Bartley.
Late notice: My attention has been drawn to a ‘Twitter’ ‘ poll putting me on 8%. If that is right, it is doubly important for anyone who believes the Green Party should return to its original purpose of social justice within ecological realities to give me your first preference vote to put maximum pressure on the winner(s). Whoever is your second preference vote will get the benefit in the second round.