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Green Party to select its Cambridge General Election candidate:

And I’m the only one putting myself forward for it…:
At 7pm on Mon. 15th September, Cambridge Green Party will have a ‘hustings’ meeting to grill its potential candidate for the Parliamentary seat, Dr. Rupert Read, who is a Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. Dr. Read is well-known to many Cambridge voters and to the media as the recent lead-candidate for the Green Party in the European Elections: Read came within 1% of being elected MEP. Now he hopes to stand in Cambridge, for MP.
Cambridge was the Green Party’s 3rd strongest result in the whole UK, after only Brighton Pavillion (where Caroline Lucas was elected as the Greens’ first MP) and Norwich South, at the 2010 General Election. This May, the Green Party scored nearly 20% in both the European Elections and the Local Elections. And according to the Green Party’s own national geodemographic database, Cambridge has the strongest potential of any seat in the entire UK to become a longterm Green stronghold.
Ellisif Wasmuth, Returning officer of Cambridge Green Party, said: “In the Green Party, being the only candidate at a selection does not guarantee selection, there is always an option for members to vote for ‘None of the above’. As a party with a strong commitment to local democracy it is important for us to create fora like this where political discussion can take place, and I anticipate a lively hustings. We are very excited to have Rupert Read put himself forward for Cambridge, and look forward to having the chance to question him at this hustings meeting.”
Rupert Read, who is also national Transport Spokesperson for the Green Party, said: “I anticipate that we will be discussing transport as one of the key topics of the campaign, at this hustings meeting. The Green Party is of course THE Party to back if you are concerned about traffic congestion and air pollution, if you want to take the railways back into public ownership, if you back much better facilities for cyclists and safer streets for pedestrians, and if you care about resisting damaging new road-schemes. I am looking forward immensely to discussing these and other matters of great importance to Cambridge with the Green Party membership on Monday evening.”
Dr. Read continued, “Cambridge is one of the Green Party’s best prospects in the entire country, at the General Election. Voters have lost faith in the old parties and in the vagaries of tactical voting; that’s why the Green Party has been experiencing a surge in the polls. Cambridge’s voters have the chance to do something extraordinary, next May.”
Cambridge Greens will be voting by post for who to have as their parliamentary candidate, beginning soon after the hustings. The result will be publicly declared at a meeting with Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett, on the morning of October 6th.

@richardjgodwin latest column in the ES:

Music to my ears, as national Transport Spokesperson for the Green Party; this is what we’ve been saying for months/years:
“Our railways are now owned by companies that cost us more in public subsidy than British Rail ever did, inflict annual fare rises on us and then reward their shareholders with record profits. All Britain gets is the bill. Last week the ailing Network Rail was quietly renationalised along with its £34billion (34,000,000) debt. Just as perversely, the East Coast Mainline, which has been publicly owned since 2009 and just made a profit of £235 million, will be re-privatised again next year. 
 “Which is not to say that national interests are not being served – they’re just other countries national interests…
  “David Cameron refuses to exempt the NHS from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which critics warn will make it impossible for future governments ever to reverse these decisions. That would amount to a huge loss of sovereign power, and I am not hearing many battle cries from MPs…”
 
…Except of course from Caroline Lucas.
 
#VoteGreen!

RR’s most popular articles…

Love me, love my blogs:
I’ve been asked to put together a compilation of what I consider to be my best popularly-accessible articles of the last few years… Here it is!
http://shiftinggrounds.org/2014/03/progress-beyond-the-growth-fetish/
http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2397606/lets_build_a_postgrowth_economy_that_works_for_the_99.html
http://www.theecologist.org/campaigning/2221766/renationalise_our_railways.html
http://blog.talkingphilosophy.com/?p=7957
https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/rupert-read/climate-how-ukip-and-tory-right-will-defeat-themselves
http://blog.talkingphilosophy.com/?p=6662
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2007/nov/13/emergencytalk
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/how-ecologism-is-the-true-heir-of-both-socialism-and-conservatism/
http://greenwordsworkshop.org/node/34
https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/rupert-read/greens-ukip-of-left
https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/rupert-read/guardians-of-britains-future-generations
https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/rupert-read/philosophical-and-political-implications-of-spirit-level-response-to-gerry-ha
https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/rupert-read/im-not-racist-but
https://www.opendemocracy.net/rupert-read/last-refuge-of-prejudice
http://liberalconspiracy.org/2013/04/12/leave-our-kids-alone-the-case-for-banning-advertising-that-is-targeted-at-children/
http://oneworldcolumn.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/by-rupert-read-normal-0-false-false.html
http://oneworldcolumn.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/by-rupert-read-we-are-thoroughly-used.html
http://oneworldcolumn.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/our-responsibility-to-future-justice-or.html
http://oneworldcolumn.blogspot.co.uk/2008/04/we-told-you-so.html
http://thinkingfilmcollective.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/thinkingfilm-co-founder-rupert-read-has.html
http://thinkingfilmcollective.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/gravitys-pull.html
http://thinkingfilmcollective.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/avatar-transformed-cinema.html
http://theoxfordphilosopher.com/2014/08/25/economist-kings/
Happy reading!

What’s wrong with Piketty

My recent letter in the GUARDIAN, on Piketty, in case you missed it:
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/31/constant-growth-make-most-poorer

My line here is supported by this new report from the world-experts on the political economy of post-growth, Peter Victor and Tim Jackson: http://www.prosperitas.org.uk/SIGMA#.U-yiiqPCcug