David Marquand says that the solution to our economic and political ills is:
No single thinker, party or school of thought offers a complete answer, or anything like it. Answers will have to be hammered out in open-minded dialogue, between all those who accept that tinkering is not enough, across the lines of party and creed. The need, in fact, is for a realignment of the mind, socialist in economics and republican in politics. In such a realignment the Green movement must surely have a central place, along with radicals and dissenters from all parties and none. Caroline Lucas, over to you.
I have to admit, I\’m finding it terribly difficult indeed to compose a question to which an acceptable answer is \”Caroline Lucas\”.
There\’s the trivial….who is the MP for part of Brighton?….there\’s the trite…..how do we make sure our children are poorer than we are? ……even the terrible….how would we crash our entire civilisation?…..but a non-trivial, non-obvious and yet still positive question to which the answer is Caroline Lucas?
Nope, I\’m stumped.
“No single thinker, party or school of thought offers a complete answer, or anything like it”
So what can the Green movement – a Totalitarian/Authoritarian creed – bring but trouble?
How much is that pixie in the corner,
The one with the waggly head?
Tim, saw your comment got deleted at Ritchie’s.
Out of curiosity, what was it that offended the censor-in-chief?
Tim adds: I will admit to having been a very naughty boy. He claims that all the things Govt does are entirely necessary, that there are no non jobs. So I posted in a couple of ads from the Guardian: oner for a “School Travel Advisor”….someone who tells people how to get to school, and one for a “Senior Diversity Manager”.
“Name a famous politician who raves about sustainability but couldn’t even sustain their original eyebrows?”
… a non-trivial, non-obvious and yet still positive question to which the answer is Caroline Lucas?
How about: “Name the only MP currenlty sitting in the House of Commons committed to dealing with the real problems facing modern civilisation as opposed to sweeping them under the carpet?”
It’s not easy being green.
(and on this blog it’s bloody lonely too!)
Are you serious?
In a sense, DK, yes I am.
As the handful of masochists who regularly read my writing will be aware, I genuinely believe that we are facing a near-term crisis of sustainability created by a confluence of several factors; any one of which is daunting enough, but which together require an almost total restructuring of our society and values if we are to stave off complete systemic collapse.
I believe that Caroline Lucas shares this concern and is committed to addressing the issue of sustainability as an over-riding priority.
Having said that… in truth I know little about Caroline Lucas or the UK Green Party. I am not therefore suggesting that along with her commitment to sustainability she also possesses good ideas or policies to achieve it.
However I’m fairly convinced that not only are the other MPs ignoring sustainability as a priority, but — generally speaking — they don’t possess an abundance of good ideas or policies either.