Conference Newsletter of Green Left Spring 2014
I have submitted a conference motion to encourage the Green Party to help draft an inter-national treaty on the Arctic Ocean, forbidding oil and gas exploration in the Arctic and making it an international wildlife reserve. I would like you all to vote for this. Help the Green Party set an example to the world of how to protect the Arctic Ocean.
There is clear evidence that human caused climate change exists and is responsible for the accelerated melting of ice in the Arctic Ocean.
Despite this, oil exploration companies such as Gazprom, the Russian state-owned energy giant, have been exploring the Arctic for oil reserves. If enough Arctic ice melts sea levels in temperate and developed nations could rise catastrophically, endangering human civilisation there. Last year, Greenpeace decided to take protest action against Gazprom, whereupon 30 Greenpeace activists were detained. The dangers of damaging the Arctic Ocean are so great that even oil companies like Shell - infamous for destructive pollution in Nigeria - have stopped drilling inside the Arctic Circle. It is not just polar bears and seals who depend on Arctic stability. Indigenous communities throughout the Arctic region are heavily dependent on their environment, and oil exploration will endanger it. We can help them fight to protect their lands.
MPS ARE WELL PAID FOR A FULL TIME JOB
In what passes for "newsworthy" political coverage one story that just won't go away is MPs pay and expenses. A major issue at the last general election and likely to be so at the next, especially given the popular perception that "they have given themselves an 11% pay rise" .
Of course the money paid to MPs is small change compared to the sums paid to bankers and the furore raised by stories of "duck houses. The " mortgage flipping" may well have served to take some of the heat off the real villains of the capitalist crisis. Nevertheless just as the Green Party wants to regulate the banks and the bankers so it wants to make sure that MPs are held properly to account, including in relation to pay and expenses.
Motion D05 takes as its starting point the newly operational rules drawn up by IPSA in response to the public outcry. It seeks to promote the Green Party as leading the way, backing up the exemplary example of our award winning MP Caroline Lucas. Its observation that the well paid job of an MP should be full time may be obvious to Greens but can be used to expose those MPs who think it is reasonable to supplement their income by well paid directorships and consultancies, even though their parliamentary salary puts them within the top 2% of earners.
The signing of a pledge by Green Party candidates, and the invitation to other candidates to do similar, will put our opponents on the spot and underline our commitment to a new politics.
The "friendly amendment" (proposed by the movers of the motion) updates the motion by addressing the issue of long term pay for MP's. Whilst opposing the proposed 11% salary increase it also recognises that there needs to be some mechanism for determining MPs pay and agrees with IPSA that this should be done by linking their pay increases to those of the workforce as a whole. MPs can then be "in it together" with their constituents, and part of the 99%, even if at the well paid end of it. Please vote for this motion and the amendment .
Peter Allen Derbyshire Green Party
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A great opportunity exists for the Green Party to build support for its education policies amongst teachers and parents.
ARTICLE & PHOTO by MARTIN FRANCIS
The convergence of the three main parties on education has left them seeking an alternative. Labour threw away an opinion poll lead amongst teachers when Shadow Secretary of State Tristram Hunt proposed a licensing scheme for teachers, to be renewed every few years by a monitoring system carried out by headteachers: no licence no job.
Teachers reacted with fury by blog, twitter and email, outflanking the official response of the NUT, which has reacted cautiously. It appeared that the NUT had been building a relationship with Labour behind the scenes and were wrong-footed by Hunt’s announcement. There were despairing cries of ‘Who do we vote for now?’ and ‘There is nobody worth voting for. They are all the same” from teachers.
Labour is of course tainted as the party that introduced academies, beginning the process of privatisation and the fragmentation of the local authority school system, as well as remaining divided over free schools, with the shadow of Lord Adonis still looming over policy. The Liberal Democrats still tacitly support free schools and academies and are hopelessly compromised by their role in the Coalition.
The Conservative policy that is creating most resistance is the over-powerful role of the Secretary of State. These powers were legislated by the Labour government and reveal both parties as wanting to dictate what happens in schools from the centre. It means that Michael Gove does not have to go through parliament to issue diktats on the curriculum and has used his powers to force local authority schools to convert to academies, particularly in the primary sector where few schools voluntarily converted.
Magically, as soon as a school becomes an academy or a free school, the need for central diktat disappears according the Gove’s Gospel. However this is being challenged by stories of financial mismanagement in academies, the employment of unqualified teachers, and the problem of what to do with failing academies. Similarly there are cases of free school headteachers leaving within a few months of setting up a school, new schools costing millions opening with only a handful of pupils, and schools being closed down because they do not meet safeguarding of children requirements.
One of the most significant developments has been parent campaigns against the forced academisation of primary schools. Parents are resisting the handover of their community schools to academy chains, insisting ‘Whose Schools? Our Schools?’ and have made common cause under the ‘Parents Against Forced Academies’ banner working closely with the Anti Academies Alliance (AAA).The AAA has worked with parents, governors and teachers to set up ‘Towards A National Campaign for Education’ in recognition of the need to bring the campaigns together in a common search for an alternative. It is early days but an initial meeting in West London attracted around 300 people and the Green Party was invited to attend. Further meetings are planned around the country and I hope Greens will attend and explain our policies as contributing to the alternative.
I was recently elected to the AAA National Steering Group and was pleased when the AAA AGM decided to affiliate to the People’s Assembly. All straws in the wind but I am optimistic that we can build a movement that does for education what national and local campaigns have done for the campaign to save the NHS.
“Green Left supports the referendum on Council Tax increases in Brighton as a first step in a strategy to oppose austerity measures imposed by the coalition government and to restore the cuts that have been imposed on local authority provision. However, we deplore the suffering inflicted on the poorest people in society by central government austerity policies and the brutality with which these policies are enforced e.g.: in the collection of Council Tax arrears.”
I find it particularly appalling that environmental concern is being used to justify the UK halting asylum. Yet this is apparently exactly what 'Population Matters', an NGO committed to reducing human numbers, is doing. Ever since the overfed clergyman Thomas Malthus claimed that poverty was a result of human breeding, Malthusian ideas have proved controversial and have often led to reactionary politics. However even if one is concerned about population growth, rather than seeing corporate greed as a key source of environmental destruction, what has population growth to do with the movement of people? We live on one planet; preventing people from moving from one country to another does not affect the number of people on our planet.
According to a post on the Population Matters website, entitled ' Distant countries shouldn’t accept Syrian refugees' http://www.populationmatters.org/2014/population-matters-news/distant-countries-accept-syrian-refugees/ asylum seekers ideally should not be given refuge in the UK. The crisis in Syria is so horrific that even Nigel Farage of UKIP, albeit briefly, called for Syrians fleeing the war to be given shelter in the UK. Labour too has, despite much anti-migrant rhetoric, been campaigning for Britain to reverse opposition to Syrians seeking sanctuary here. Yet a charity committed to environmental protection seems to be supporting those who would refuse to protect refugees seeking asylum in the UK and other developed countries. Population Matters has increasingly linked its work to reduce population to opposition to migration and now apparently is linking asylum, the need for refuge from persecution, to migration in general. This seems pernicious but the author of their post claims it is based on a 'point of principle'. 'Refugees' are apparently a threat to the environment of developed countries which are 'already unsustainable in terms of resource use and the environment and quality of life of these countries are increasingly affected by growing populations.'
Of course, like the author of the piece, I would agree that countries that take in refugees in the developing world should be supported, and that conflict that displaces peoples should be addressed. The priority of the article, though, is not the needs of Syrians or other potential refugees but the demand to cut the number of people living in the UK.
Climate change is with us, extreme weather conditions are becoming more common, conflict including war is likely to increase with the pressures caused by such changes, so there will be more refugees. The poorest countries in the world are those with the least resources to help and also the countries whose populations have the least effect on the rising emissions that fuel climate change. There is a fortress mentality in Europe and other developed capitalist countries. The wish of Population Concern has already been achieved, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, because in 2013 no EU country is in the top ten of countries taking in refugees. Pakistan with 1.5 million refugees tops the list, EU failure to take in refugees is a cause, to my mind, for shame rather than Malthusian inspired celebration.
Sometimes it is necessary to move a long way from home to seek protection. In the 1970s, Chileans might have found it impossible to seek refuge in neighbouring countries because they too (one thinks of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil), at the time, were right wing dictatorship where democrats were tortured. Today, the countries around Syria are in turmoil, and when the UN calls for Britain to protect a relatively small number of the Syrian refugee population, we should do our bit. Green politics, as opposed to environmentalism, has long held that ecological responsibility needs to be combined with social justice. Environmental concern combined with social injustice and a fear of others can only lead to a bleak future. As well as having a friend who sought asylum, I am in a political party led by a migrant. Natalie Bennett, an Australian, leads the Green Party and I am proud that my party defends migrants, seeks to protect refugees and challenges those who link environmental protection to xenophobia.
A Letter from Greece by Laurence Pilfold
Greece’s problems started in 2010, when the PASOK administration admitted its debts: €299 billion (130%GDP), and a budget deficit of 15.6% of GDP. The EU had stipulated a maximum of 60% debt-to-GDP ratio for Euro-zone countries, while for the IMF, a debt greater than 120% GDP, combined with a budget deficit of over 3%, was considered “unsustainable”. Once the true nature of Greece’s debt was revealed, its bonds became “junk”, and it was locked out of the private capital market. The options were default or bailout – the latter on offer from the ‘troika’ of the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank.
The approach of the troika’ towards indebted developing countries is to induce them to “create an environment … that is friendly to foreign goods and investment in general” via loans strictly conditional on adopting neo-liberal policies.” This meant cuts to the IMF defined “large public sector with generous pay”, “ high minimum wage” and “high level of public spending” - also sell-offs and, opening up to foreign investors – the standard “austerity” agenda: the “goal being “a return to growth”.
New taxes have been introduced, others increased, public sector pay has been dramatically cut, employees sacked, public enterprises closed – a startling example being the closure of the public broadcaster ERT: closed in an afternoon on the sole authority of the Minister of Culture, with all employees immediately losing their jobs. The consequences ? A 22% fall in wages since 2010, a record 27.8% unemployment (January 2014) – up from 7.5% in 2007 – youth unemployment hitting 58% in August last year, a quarter of the population at risk of poverty.
12 ports and 29 airports are to be, or have been, privatised and publicly owned land, roads, the post office, oil and gas infrastructure may also go. The aim is to raise $50 billion by 2015. However this short-term cash injection, will deprive the state of long-term earnings. As for the environment, raw materials are attracting foreign investors: eg gold reserves worth €14 billion could be exploited through open-cast mining in Halkidiki– but with little return for the tax-payer. At the same time, unable to afford heating oil, millions of Greeks have turned to burning wood, or substitutes –creating toxic smogs and threatening forests.
The rise of the fascist Golden Dawn party (6.92% of the vote in June 2012) is sadly unsurprising. In the same election the left-alliance SYRIZA gained second position (26.89%) while the Greens were reduced to 0.88% (3% is the minimum required for representation in parliament). Economic desperation and disillusion with PASOK explain the surge in support for SYRIZA but, should a SYRIZA-led government come to power, there will be little space to implement progressive economic reforms without a “shift in the balance of forces in other countries”. If Greece was an economic junkie, the international financial system was the pusher. Pushing debt has been the name-of-the-economic-game for two decades. The symptoms are local – but the problem is global.
SHALE WILL FAIL!
Andy Chyba (Bridgend Green Party/Frack Free Wales/ Anti-Fracking Network)
Such has been the success of the anti-fracking lobby that very few people have NOT now heard of fracking. Furthermore we have consistently won the arguments such that every poll on the subject consistently yields massive majorities (85 to 95% typically) against allowing fracking in this country.
Now The Tories have backed themselves into a corner and It is likely to cost them dear in terms of lost seats at the next election – especially in “impregnable strongholds” – such as Francis Maude’s seat in Balcombe. They have committed themselves to fracking for the benefit of their corporate paymasters, and the network of vested interests exposed goes right to the very heart of government. They are getting increasingly desperate and unscrupulous in their attempts to force fracking upon us. They have tried to bribe local authorities allowing them to keep 100% of the business rates generated by frackers. They will now pursue further changes to the planning system to take fracking related decisions out of the hands of local councils, allowing Westminster impose them on local communities. Their contempt for all of us is palpable.
But new local opposition groups start up often and seek the help of umbrella organisations such as Frack Off and BIFF. There is an ever-growing list of incidents of Police complicity with the frackers, and brutality towards peaceful protestors at Balcombe and Barton Moss in particular. Direct action is springing up everywhere. Witness the demos at Total petrol stations around the country –as this French company eyes British shale gas since the French government has indefinitely banned fracking in France. And the list of countries and regions banning fracking grows.
Although the Police role needs exposing, the judiciary are not, as yet, buying into the establishment persecution of peaceful protest. Witness the acquittal of every one of the Balcombe 16. This has vindicated and re-invigorated the growing army of fractivists around the country. We do know what we are doing – it is the Government who don’t!
The prospects for the frackers are bleak. Companies in are Poland realizing that it is not an economic proposition after all – despite encouragement from the Polish government. In the USA, there are many signs of trouble for the industry at every level. The New York Times carries stories of leaked documents revealing the growing scepticism within the industry economically viable (never mind the climate change implications)
So, this is another example of the Tories backing a complete loser and not having the sense to cut their losses.– they keep on drilling themselves deeper and deeper into a mire from which they will struggle to extricate themselves, like the addicted gamblers chasing their losses. They are FRACKED!
CAPITALISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Recently capitalism has shown that it is perfectly capable of bringing about its own demise. This isn't just about the collapse of banks. The current 'debt crisis' obscures and compounds the real problem, which is the collapse of ecosystems on which we depend for our survival. Capitalism is the driver of climate change, also of massive environmental degradation, and loss in biodiversity. It is capital accumulation that is devouring our planet and you cannot use the same mechanisms that are destroying the Earth to save it. We need to bring about economic change before climate change becomes unimaginably destructive. A post-capitalist economy is inevitable, but we can do it the hard way or the better way, and we need to think about how that economy ought to work.
I wonder how many people know that Karl Marx was an admirer of capitalism? - in the sense that he admired its huge productive capacity, which far exceeded any previous economic system. Marx recognised that if the productive capacity of capitalism was harnessed for the good of society, it could provide people with a much better material standard of living than they had ever had before. But he also recognised that capitalists were able to deprive workers of the wealth that they created, so there would always be a conflict between capitalists and workers, Marx was the first political economist to understand the massive forces that capitalism could unleash, and Marx and Engels were also more aware of environmental degradation than they have been given credit for.
Greens may have led the way in our understanding of the unfolding climate crisis but the 'free' market right have caught up, and are pouring millions into persuading people that climate change is not an issue, through climate change denial, because they are concerned about their profits and the end of domination of democracies by the market. The 'free' market fundamentalists are fighting to deny climate change precisely because they recognise that a genuine and meaningful response the climate change will mean the end of capitalism as we know it.
So what would a post-capitalist economy look like? It would not mean the end of the private sector, because this is not the same thing as capitalism, but initially it would inevitably mean a bigger role for the state because a collapsing capitalist economy would have to be replaced by extensive nationalisation of banks, transport and utilities. Energy and food production would have to be regulated, as would imports and exports. We would need planning in a democratically controlled economy. This would not simply be an ideological choice but a necessary response to crisis. We would have to grow as much as our own food as possible and economies would become more localised. It would be an economy similar to the UK during the Second World War.
We are beginning to experience problems with freak weather events, and disruption to agriculture, and we will inevitably soon experience difficulties with energy supply. We can begin to adjust our economy now, to deal with these problems, or we can carry on with 'business as usual' and face worse conditions later. We need to forget about the 'free' market neoliberal nonsense about competing with China, and work together to create a new kind of economy to deal with possibly the greatest challenge that human beings have ever faced.
Roy Sandison - West Midlands Green Left member and former West Midlands GP Coordinator explains.
I do not hesitate to say, we have many excellent Green Councillors and the West Mids team developing TTW, I know are doing some excellent work, but I do think we need to discuss how TTW should integrate into the work we do. The Green Party proudly stands for Economic, Social and Environmental Justice and we rightly reject the idea of individual pursuit of political power as being in opposition to our core values
When one of our number gets elected, we have high expectations that they will keep true to our core ideas. Therefore our Councillors are not ‘Independent’ but are instead are key members of the Green Party that through the hard work and money of other Green Party members have gained a platform for our ideas. I have seen TTW skilfully developed in the West Midlands over the years and this has resulted in some excellent gains to the point that for every 72 members we have a Councillor!
TTW is not a new idea, as it is something that used to be done by the old Lib Dems. I do see there is some danger that some are treating TTW as fetish and ignoring what we as the Green Party are trying to achieve and have achieved through campaigning. There is also a danger that TTW, if applied poorly, can overshadow the Green Party’s need for political discussion and campaigning and can turn off members wanting to campaign on wider issues. Additionally as the Green Party becomes more successful electorally through TTW, we will find more people jumping ship from other parties. If they sign up to our core values this can be a real gain but not if careerists bring bad practice from their old parties.
The Green Party in my view needs to run elections professionally, but this must not be at the expense of our core values. As one Warwickshire Councillor said recently “Being a Green Councillor is about how we bring our core green values into the work we do as Councillors, especially into the communities we represent. This means raising the issue about tax cuts for the rich impacting on local people and why we need real change in our society”
I believe developing TTW in tandem with having robust Councillor support and accountability and also a 50/50 approach to electoral work and Campaigning.
NO to T.T.I.P
By Peter Allen
The serious threat to democracy from the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations between Europe and the USA is already recognised by many Green Party activists, as evidenced by the fact that it has been prioritised for discussion above all other policy motions at this conference. Sadly I suspect this concern is not shared by the bulk of the population, who are probably largely unaware of what the effects of TTIP will be. This needs to change, and urgently.
George Monbiot * sums up the TTIP succinctly. Its purpose " is to remove the regulatory differences between the US and European nations". Making use of a mechanism known as an "investor-state dispute settlement", which has already been used by corporations to take legal action against governments in other parts if the world, it allows corporations " to sue the living daylights out of governments which try to defend their citizens ". And not just citizens but animals and the environment too, as Motion C1 makes clear. For example European Governments, including our own, are stating that fracking (which of course we don't want at all!) will be much more tightly regulated than in the USA. Not if TTIP is implemented, in which case these tighter controls are likely to have to be rescinded.
Tougher regulations which Green MEPs might secure through action in the European Parliament might be ruled invalid by a secretive panel of corporate lawyers"
And the impact will not just be in Europe!
Investor-state rules could be used to smash any attempt to save the NHS from corporate control, to re-regulate the banks, to curb the greed of the energy companies, to re-nationalise the railways, to leave fossil fuels in the ground. These rules shut down democratic alternatives. They outlaw leftwing politics
With the details of the TTIP currently being finalised, it is imperative that the Green Party prioritises this issue in its European election campaign, as the "friendly amendment" to C01 demands. We need to cut through the acronyms and the jargon to explain to our potential voters what this "assault on democracy" really means. Please support this important motion, and the amendment.
Acknowledging the Defamation Act within the Green Party Max Wallis / Cardiff (Suspended for alleged "defamation" last July, an allegation accepted by GPRC without claiming "serious harm" or that the statement was untrue.)
The Green Party's GPRC has used accusations of "defamation" to suspend members, without applying any tests of criticisms being justifiable or reasonable opinion. The Defamation Act in force from 1st January should change this.
If the GPRC had to apply the new "serious harm threshold" and resort to resolving a dispute directly as the Act prescribes, the Green Party would avoid the mess it got into over the disciplinary process, with SOC prevailing over the GPRC at last September's Conference.
The Defamation Act 2013 contains a series of measures, including:
· "New serious harm threshold" aimed at helping people to understand when claims should be brought and discourage wasteful use of court time
· Protection for scientists and academics publishing peer-reviewed material in scientific and academic journals
· Protection for those publishing material on a matter of public interest where they reasonably believe that it is in the public interest
· Introduction of a new process aimed at helping potential victims of defamation online, by resolving the dispute directly with the person who has posted the statement.
Journalists etc. have in the past faced unfair legal threats for fairly criticising a company, person or product, and this motivated the new Act. It provides "clearer, better protection for people publicly expressing opinions" said the Ministry of Justice. Mike Harris, of the Libel Reform campaign said it was "good news for free speech".
The Tory justice minister Shailesh Vara is able to claim: "As a result of these new laws, anyone expressing views and engaging in public debate can do so in the knowledge that the law offers them stronger protection against unjust and unfair threats of legal action. These laws coming into force represent the end of a long and hard-fought battle to ensure a fair balance is struck between the right to freedom of expression and people's ability to protect their reputation."
Jo Glanville, director of English PEN, said England and Wales now had laws "fit for the 21st Century but the battle's not over yet". Scotland already had its own law. "It's essential that Northern Ireland now adopts the Act. Otherwise the new law could be fatally undermined and cases could be heard in Belfast under the old legislation," she said.
The Green Party says they follow UK laws, so it should not need a Conference decision to re-align its disciplinary procedure with the new Act - insist that claimants show evidence of "serious harm" and compel them to engage in discussions to resolve any issue. Let's have a positive statement from the leadership!
Max Wallis / Cardiff
Suspended for alleged "defamation" last July, an allegation accepted by GPRC without claiming "serious harm" or that the statement was untrue.
The superheroes of today have all long passed their sell-by date.
Super, Bat, Spider and Wolverine are all just marketed, like tubs of margarine.
And the truth is that these yanks in tights all defend capitalism with all their might.
But those who fight for another cause are padding up through the dark
On their silent paws and with faces striped in black and white
And the Badgerpeople will join the class fight.
When the light of a new day dawns, there’ll be goalposts planted in Tories’ lawns,
And from the poles there’ll fly a banner: “Cull the Bankers, not the Badgers.”
Capitalists may strengthen walls and gates, but, it’s all too little and all too late,
As a different future now starts to take place and
It’s got black and white stripes on its furry face.
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Front de Gauche (Londres) meeting on 21/6/2013, "Leaving the System by the Front door" Ecosocialism, the viable alternative.
Introduction Tatania Zarzabek(Front de Gauche (Londres))
Louise Hutchins (Greenpeace)
Romayne Phoenix (Coalition of Resistance & Green Left)
Derek Wall, (environmental author and Green Left)
Corinne Morel-Darleux - Front de Gauche (France)
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Introduction Tatania Zarzabek(Front de Gauche (Londres))
Louise Hutchins (Greenpeace)
Romayne Phoenix (Coalition of Resistance & Green Left)
Derek Wall, (environmental author and Green Left)
Corinne Morel-Darleux - Front de Gauche (France)
Questions & discussion part 1
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Introduction (Kate Hudson CoR) and Yannis Baskosos (Syriza: Greece)
Cagdas Canbolat (Daymer Turkish and Kurdish Centre, London)
David Perez (Corriente Roja, Spain)
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Session 2 Introduction (Jude Woodward (CoR) and Chris Nineham (CoR)
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Session 3: Introduction Romayne Phoenix (Coalition of Resistance) and Hugo Braun (Attac, Germany)
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Session 3: Walter Baier (Transform Network)
Session 3: Alexandre Gonzales (Front de Gauche)
Session 3: Rachel Newton (Greece Solidarity Campaign)
Session 3: Luisa (Socialist Liberty Party and Rio de Janiero University Students)
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Deputy Chairs: J.Ennis, , M.Bailey, R.Sandison
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