30 Nov 2007
The Great Green Leader Vote
Here in the 'bat cave', its an anxious day, will the Green Party members vote to get rid of the post of Principal Speaker and wanting a bit more chavismo or chavisma in the Party replace it with 'El Jefe' or 'La Jefa'?
Well I am a bit self interested here....but I think it is easy to garner support for a proposal which, to my mind, is 'simple, neat and wrong' any way its up to the Party members, so I will see what they decide today. My party right or wrong as they say.
However, you know you must be doing something right if there is a whole Guardian leader calling for the abolition of your position. 'Is it cos I is left' one has to wonder.
However come what may I will keep on speaking out for radical green politics, I think given the choice of being leader and spending more time with my vegetables, its going to be quality time with the carrots and onions. I think a leader would confuse the PR role which I like, with the having responsibility for everything in the party which is bad enough for the much put upon Party chair Richard Mallender who funnily enough has the title of party leader. A poisoned chalice indeed and one that would keep anyone too busy for it to be comfortable, I would have thought.
On the leader debate have a look at my thoughts here may be.
Any way Jonathon Porritt and 'Jenny' Kemp argue the toss here in the BBC here:
"It is not enough, apparently, to have to transform the entire world so we can all learn to live sustainably, they also want to take on the challenge of transforming the media.
"I think setting out to transform the way the media does work is just completely stupid. To take an idealistic view that says we are not going to play the media game, is like writing your own political suicide note."
But Jenny Kemp argues playing the media game - and having a single leader - is not just wrong in principle, but likely to backfire in practice.
It seems to me it's not about image, it's about the political process, how we change politically to the sort of society we want
Former Green Party chairwoman
She points to the recent fate of the former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell.
"The media obsessed with his age and with the colour of his socks - and not with the policies of the Liberal Democrats.
"It seems to me it's not about image, it's about the political process, how we change politically to the sort of society we want."