24 Nov 2006

Principal Speaker result- I won!

I am pleased, flattered and surprised to be elected as Green Party Male Principal Speaker. I have dedicated my entire adult life to the promotion of green politics since realising as a 14 year old back in 1979 that green politics is the politics of survival.

well I won much to my surprise, now back to work promoting radical green politics as the new Green Party Principal Speaker, here are the figures.

Round 1
Ashley Gunstock 273
Keith Taylor 572
Derek Wall 657
RON 17
invalid vote 1
blank ballot 1

so Ashley Gunstock eliminated

Round 2
Keith Taylor 705
Derek Wall 767
RON 35

so Derek Wall elected

Best wishes
Graeme McIver


I will try and do my best in the spirit of William Morris...


The core green message of ecology, social justice, decentralisation and non violence is going to be proclaimed loudly and clearly.

I am joint with Sian Berry and of course our MEPS and GLA members effectively will all be speaking on the GPEW behalf.


Statement.

I am pleased, flattered and surprised to be elected as Green Party Male Principal Speaker. I have dedicated my entire adult life to the promotion of green politics since realising as a 14 year old back in 1979 that green politics is the politics of survival. Infinite economic growth is impossible on a finite planet, today we consume on average globally 85million barrels of oil a day. This cannot continue, to sustain the diversity and beauty of life on our planet means we must think deeply about how we transform our economy, our lifestyle and our political institutions.

Green politics based on the four principles of ecology, social justice, non violence and grassroots democracy is the only way forward. The greenhouse effect is just one symptom of an unsustainable and unjust system.

I have taken direct action against road construction in the 1990s, written five books on green politics, contested numerous elections and I look forward to promoting the Green Party with energy and creativity.

For me environmental concerns are vital but they can only be solved through social and economic change. Green Party policies in the Manifesto promote such an understanding and I aim to publicise them as widely as possible.

Finally I would like to thank everyone involved in the election process, in contrast to the Labour Party where challengers face huge obstacles to even getting on to the ballot paper, democracy in the Green Party is vigorous and open to ordinary members.


My success was inspired by the people I consider my mentors especially Nandor Tanczos, New Zealand MP who prefaced my book Babylon and Beyond, and the late Walt Sheasby who sadly died in 2004 as result of the Nile Virus, spread in California by rising temperatures. Walt’s commitment to the US Green Party and his ecosocialist activism must never be forgotton.

I would call on all those who oppose war especially the suicidal conflict in Iraq, who believe that people are more important than profit, who oppose assaults on civil liberties and care about the natural world, to join the Greens and work for change.

9 comments:

Matt Burge said...

Congratulations Derek!

Over at www.environmentdebate.blogspot.com we have a poll running that we would like you to take part in if you wish.

The question runs; ‘What do you think is the best way to tackle climate change?

Hope you have time to give your views on this very important issue.

:-)

Anonymous said...

Congrats Derek.
At least this is some consolation for not making the list of one of the top ten green bloggers :)

My prediction of the result in October proved to be entirely accurate - see http://earthquakecove.blogspot.com/2006/10/derek-wall-for-principal-speaker.html

Robert O'Connor said...

Well done, Derek.

I witnessed the hustings at the recent conference. I know you are an old-time conviction eco-socialist. Your recent book; ...Babylon.. made an awful lot of sense to me, and mirrored some of the political twists and turns I have been involved with. At the end of the day we ain't the only species on this possibly unique plant.
Cheers.

Phugebrins said...

Brilliant news, and well done.

Anonymous said...

Two Green Left supporters speaking for the party? Oh dear...

Jonathan Prior said...

Well done Derek!
Here's hoping for a truly radical Green Party that unites ALL 4 components of the Green's message. The emergence of the Green Left network is vital and encouraging, counter to the anonymous comment above.

studentmedic said...

Congratulations Derek! I hope it will still leave you with time to live life to the full!
Just like Jonathan, I think that the emergence of Green Left is very encouraging for everyone.

Ed said...

Congratulations Derek!

Jane Ennis said...

Congratulations Derek! So pleased that both principle speakers are members of Green Left!