Carla Denyer’s Debut as Green Party Co-Leader

(Any Questions, Radio 4, BBC, 10.12.2021)

I am relieved, but also disappointed.

I did not trust Carla. because of her idenifying with gender politics, To be fair, Carla only refers to the gender issue if someone else raises it, and my hositilty is due to the way in which others, not Carla. conduct the debate. But the ecological issue, specifically climate breakdown should be her obvious priority.

I am assured by those able to watch Carla more closely than I can that she is a hard- working, team playing councillor. Her answers to the questions on Radio 4 were competent, and I think they would confirm the feeling that the Green Party could be trusted with more responsibility.

In this context, it is a pity that that the Old  Bexley by-election result last week seems to indicate that the Party has not shaken off the assumption that the Green Party does not have the interests of a solidly Conservative constituency at heart. Unfortunately avoidng the looming climate emergency will involve redistribution. An unconditional basic income (UBI) will be redistributive, but that will only be accepted by those who would have to pay when they recognize the seriousness of the threat of climate breakdown. They accepted drastic redistribution during the second world war

One question was obviously intended for Carla: “What would the Planet look like in 1,000 years?” She gave an adequate answer, obviously well prepared, but my disappointment was because it did not have the visionary ring which could, or ought to be game changing just now. I stated it last week, but it is worth repeating here: If COP is as impotent as the media says it is, then the raison d’etre for the Green Party has arrived. Why is it doing so badly in elections? (I believe the answer is in the last paragraph.)

I should not complain. Carla is an excellent Green councillor, but she is focussed on what can be achieved locally. It would be a truly exceptional person who combined that with the wider vision.

But Carla did get another opportunity to mention the UBI: it should be among the responses to Covid. Caroline introduced an Early Day Motion to Parliament in 2015. In 2020 the Green Party was a party to the proposal that a UBI should be among the responses to the pandemic, at least until it was clearer how it developed. It was debated in Parliament on 17th September 2020. Objections resulting in the government declining the proposal included the cost. it is wisdom after the event, but the experience is hat less expensive measures such as Furlough have still left many in hardship. But the main point in favour of a UBI is that I would provide every one with some income, regardless of how seriously Covid damaged the economy.

I was hoping that Carla would have made this point.

Do I still distrust her? She was silent on gender issues: no relevant questions were posed.

3 responses to “Carla Denyer’s Debut as Green Party Co-Leader

  1. Seasons greetings from Sweden Clive.
    Thanks for the link to the Debate on UBI following Caroline’s motion I will read that with interest today.
    I came over to your blog as I had Blogged on UBI myself today,
    “From Cock n Bull to Turds all the way down. From Aunty Fry to a movie within a movie. All that glitters Cobbett against gold”

    From Cock n Bull to Turds all the way down. From Aunty Fry to a movie within a movie. All that glitters Cobbett against gold


    “Objections resulting in the government declining the proposal included the cost. ”
    This Article by Mark Anderson on the Swiss referendum on the same subject is well worth revisiting.

    https://www.thetruthhound.com/after-defeat-of-swiss-basic-income-proposal-lets-name-the-real-problems-find-the-real-solution/

  2. Pingback: From Cock n Bull to Turds all the way down. From Aunty Fry to a movie within a movie. All that glitters Cobbett against gold – Not The Grub Street Journal·

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