Sarah Palin’s answer here is terrifying in its ineptitude and in its mumbo-jumbo quasi-denial of anthropogenic climate change. Biden’s answer is of course better, but hardly inspirational: note his backing for ‘clean’ coal, ‘safe’ nuclear and ‘renewable’ biofuels — pass the sick-bag, please…
Palin’s come-back line is perhaps even more terrifying: “Drill baby drill”, she says. If only she could see the future children whose faces she stamps on, in gleefully saying this…
I can’t get over the fact that Bradford and Bingley were still this week parading the bowler-hatted advertising icons around on TV, even while it was obvious to all that they had quite shamefully shredded their supposed reputation for sobriety and reliability…
How about this conversation ‘from the archives’…:
“Let’s demutualise, Mr. Bradford.”
“A capital idea, Mr. Bingley. It will deliver us lots of cash and an exciting new business-plan…”
“And with our solid and bankable reputation, how can it possibly go wrong, Mr. Bradford…”
This is quite interesting:
Remember that once upon a time the Labour Party were a single-issue Party
(they were only 'for the workers'; they had 'nothing to say' about foreign
issues, about the land, about the family; etc.); and it took just one
generation for them to go from having no MPs to forming their first
We are already taken very seriously in the Brussels Parliament, where I aim
to represent Eastern Region next year; for there, we are a major political
And we are taken dead seriously in places like Norwich City Council, where
we will soon be the largest Party (if they don't abolish it…). When people
get the chance to vote for a Green Party that is going places, they go with
Next stop (for the Party): Westminster!
Last night’s sad debate at Norwich City Council between the Dinosaur Party
(the ‘Conservatives’), the Sub-Dinosaur Party (the ‘Liberal Democrats’) and
the New-Dinosaurs Party (‘New Labour’) on the one side and the Green Party
on the other, over the dualling of the A11, brought home to me how very far
the various out-of-date grey Parties, dinosaurs that they are to a person, have
to go before they realise that sustainability and being green is more than a
fad or a coat of paint or a minor add-on. None of these Parties understand
the _big_ changes that need to be made if we are to have a liveable planet
for our grandchildren. None of them realise either how the things that they
are championing are actively making things worse in terms of quality of
life, now: making us hyper-mobile and more stressed, less rooted in a real community,
living amidst more noise and pollution, less healthy, with fewer vibrant small businesses and more
Tesco-isation and ‘clone towns’…
The dualling of the A11 is being pushed by big business interests. By
various varieties of dinosaurs. And most tragically of all (and this is
directly relevant to the Party Conference that, as I write, is preparing to
wind down): ‘Conservatism’ is simply incoherent. One must choose between
conserving good things as they are and simply letting the ‘free market’ rip.
One must choose between conservation and road-building. One must choose
between spending one’s money on good planning and localisation and public
transport on the one hand and creating a virtual motorway between London and
Norwich on the other.
It is the height of immaturity to pretend otherwise. Kids love dinosaurs,
but eventually they grow out of it…
I will be among a substantial group presenting a petition of about 14,000 signatures to officials at County Hall, this Friday afternoon, to save Fritton Woods:
Time and Place:
Friday, October 3, 2008
2:45pm – 3:15pm
Entrance to COUNTY HALL,
Norwich, United Kingdom.
Fritton Wood is far too precious to lose to quarrying for aggregates, which is what the County is potentially planning for it. This is a superb landscape in the Broads area — there is no way that Fritton should be used up and thrown away in this way. I am proud to be one of the huge number of petitioners who are standing firm against this plan.
Come and join me!
‘Keep Hinchingbrooke Hospital public,’ was the message from the Green Party’s prospective MEP for this region on a visit to Huntingdon.
Rupert Read backed calls to stop the hospital being made into a Foundation Trust as he joined local party members leafleting homes in Hartford on Sunday (28.9.08).
He said: “Foundation Trusts are simply privatisation under a prettier name. ’New Labour’ has continued and accelerated the Conservative betrayal of our National Health Service, privatising it bit by bit while pretending to support it.
“Only the Green Party can be trusted to stop this. If I am elected to the European Parliament next June, to represent this area, you can be confident that I will do all in my powers to keep our hospitals in public hands, free and open to all.
“The Greens say: Keep public services public!”
Members of the Hunts Green Party will be joining a Keep Our NHS Public, rally and march on October 4th, called to protest against the possible privatisation of Hinchingbrooke Hospital.