Posts Tagged "greens"

Why I feel unable to vote for the European Elections

Posted by on 22 May 14 in Politics | 0 comments

Why I feel unable to vote for the European Elections

I’m not from the UK. I have a British passport, but I don’t feel “British”. In fact, I don’t really feel like my nationality should really define my identity at all. So it sickens me to watch the European election campaigns being run by nationalist sentiments and fear. For the last few months, the media has played into hyping up what it deems the ‘crazy’ right wing. They have turned Nigel Farage into a gaffing human, promoted his cause through their horrendous plaguing games and basically passed UKIP the pity vote. They’ve provided him with a...

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Stepping down as London Young Greens co-chair

Posted by on 10 Apr 13 in Personal | 0 comments

Stepping down as London Young Greens co-chair

I made a decision to resign from my position as London Young Greens co-chair today. Perhaps it was reactionary, but it was a long time coming. I see myself to blame on many parts – my mental health meant that I missed many meetings at the beginning of this year, but things had gotten better. But after just about 9 months of running in this position, I wonder how much of my absence was due to mental health and how much was to do with the fact that I could not see a feasible future within that group. Over and over again I hear of excellent actions and stunts pulled by other Young...

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After Caroline goes: 3 political tactics for the new leader

Posted by on 14 May 12 in Politics | 2 comments

After Caroline goes: 3 political tactics for the new leader

Caroline Lucas is stepping down as Green Party leader. The news is awash with it, and the skeptics are out: Can anyone replace such a prominent and popular leader? Who will take the party forward? Is Caroline acting in haste? A good leader in British politics, in my experience, is not a nice leader. They have to have experience in governance, be ruthless in achieving their agenda, and stay the hell away from internal party politics. But more important that any of that, they need to be charismatic. The next leader will to need to analyse the previous couple of elections. They will need to...

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Bob Brown: A Tribute

Posted by on 19 Apr 12 in Politics | 2 comments

Bob Brown: A Tribute

If there is ever anyone to credit for my engagement in politics, it is Bob Brown. A good leader never just dives straight into politics, they come from a long history of wanting to create a positive change. Party politics should always be a road amongst many, for democracy is not just about elections but a much longer campaign for a better society. Bob Brown’s roots in direct action and green-anarchism are fundamental to understanding how the Green Party of Australia was born, and why it has grown so significantly in a country that still functions on a two-party system of government....

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Wangari Maathai: a personal memorandum

Posted by on 26 Sep 11 in Politics | 0 comments

It’s 1997. A girl lies curled up on the sofa watching the flickering images on the TV, perhaps a little passed her bedtime.  They’re showing the presidential candidates, one of whom is a woman. She’s not that interested – they all look the same to her after a while. Moi’s going to come in anyway – whatever that means. Yawning, she’s told off for being awake at this hour when there’s school the next day. She exits, the TV still flickering in the background. Two years later, and it’s the same house. The girl is called by her father to spend...

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