Showing posts from April, 2007

'Too Drunk to Fuck' star says vote Green in local elections

Jello Biafra backs Greens in local elections
Local elections are the starting point to make changes in the government, Biafra said. He encouraged people to vote and stated, "I'd rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I don't want and get it."

Biafra encouraged a maximum wage for everyone, talked about squatters' rights and the need for dialogue between differing ideologies.

"Don't argue, communicate," Biafra said. " You're planting seeds."

He drove home the point to the audience that they were responsible for creating change and reminded them that they have helped to create a turnaround in the perception of the war in Iraq faster than was done with the Vietnam War.

Jello Biafra, former leader singer of the Dead Kennedys, is on tour, promoting green politics. I love Jello, I watched one of those punk politics DVDs a month or two ago with lots of interview footage (a Don Letts special), jello is a geniune …

lib dem leader Ming backs Air league lunatics!

Take flying: Huhne said, "The growth of aviation is unsustainable in environmental terms ... Liberal Democrats have long advocated that action needs to be taken to control aviation." Oh, really? Then why does the Lib Dem leader, Sir Ming Campbell, sit on the board of The Air League - an industry lobby group that peddles misleading information about global warming and campaigns for airport expansion and against green taxation? In a recent Air League newsletter, they say they "do not accept that sustainable growth in UK aviation is somehow too difficult to achieve" and promote a third runway at Heathrow to "allow UK links to the regions to be strengthened and extended". In other words, they deny the science (without offering any evidence to back them up) and are actively promoting the most unnecessary flights - the ones to British destinations already served by public transport.

Vote Lib dem for the environment.

Joss Garman of Plane Stupid doesn't think …

Caroline Lucas calls for EU assistance to Palestine



EURO-MP Caroline Lucas will call for the full restoration of EU financial
payments to the Palestinian Authority, and the immediate release of
kidnapped BBC journalist Alan Johnston, during a meeting with Palestinian
president Mahmoud Abbas next week.

The Green MEP will travel to Palestine as part of a European Parliamentary
delegation investigating the impact of the EU’s refusal to pay financial
assistance to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.

The Green Party MEP said: “During my visit to Palestine I will meet senior
Hamas and Fatah figures and representatives of the UN as well as president
Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. I will ask what the EU can
be doing immediately to alleviate poverty and promote peaceful dialogue
between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

“I will also seek news of BBC journalist Alan Johnston and put pressure on
both Mr Abbas and Mr Haniyeh to intervene and…

Greens could exploit voter disillusionment on May 3rd

A breath of fresh air
Understandably, voters are disillusioned with Britain's traditional political parties - which is why the Greens are a source of inspiration to many.

Well read my stuff, together with wiki link to Pet Sounds and all the rude comments from neo-cons annoyed about what I have said about the World Bank, here in the Guardian comment is free blog.

Neo-con, neo-liberal, neo-corrupt

Well lets all fight corruption and nepotism by giving well paid jobs to our wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends...or other significant others, hey what's worse than corruption/nepotism, well war, but war is the health of an unhealthy system.

Here is what Caroline Lucas has said:


EURO-MPs in Strasbourg have supported a Green proposal calling on the EU
Presidency to push for the withdrawal of Paul Wolfowitz as President of the
World Bank in the light of the current cronyism scandal.

Speaking after the vote, Green Party MEP Caroline Lucas said:

"By digging in his heels and refusing to resign as President of the World
Bank, Wolfowitz is dragging the whole organisation into disrepute and
further undermining the credibility of its anti-corruption policy. If he
won't jump himself, he must be pushed.

"The European Parliament has today added to the mounting pressure to end
Wolfowitz's chequered t…

Peter for parliament

“The people of Oxford have an opportunity to make history - by
electing Britain’s first Green MP,” said human rights campaigner Peter
Tatchell today.

He has made history and pushed extra parliamentary struggle, he is one of our most important social movement activists...but great to see him running for us for parliament, here is the take from Outrage.

He was commenting on his selection as the Green Party’s parliamentary
candidate for Oxford East. The seat is currently held by the Labour MP
Andrew Smith.

“Support for Labour is falling. The Lib Dems are losing votes to the
revived Conservatives. This means a Green challenger could come though
the middle and take the seat.

“The Green Party already wins 20% of the vote in Oxford local
elections. All we have to do is persuade these voters, and a few more,
to vote Green at the next general election. In a four-way contest, the
Greens can win Oxford East.

“I am offering the voters a real choice: do you want a passionate,
independent-minded Green MP, or ano…

France needs a great party of political ecology...

France needs a great party of political ecology, popular and united, so that the warnings which we give tirelessly and the good work that we do on the ground, finally translates into influence on the important choices which need to be made in our country, in Europe and in the world. Democracy is sometimes a bitter judge, but our struggle is beautiful and just: it will continue without slackening nor weakness. And this struggle begins again with the legislative elections, where we know that we will be able to count on Green voters, some of whom will already be regretting having denied us their vote this evening.

this is via Joseph on the Green Left list and should stimulate thought about the direction of the Greens in Europe:

Dominique Voynet, the French Green Party's presidential candidate, has released the following statement. Les Verts (Greens) gained 1.5% of the vote and the anti-globalisation candidate, Jose Bove, gained 1.3%.There is also an interesting analysis of the vote by …

a funeral

Sad day today for me, went to the funeral of Steve Salkeld who died of cancer, a great friend, a genius, some one who helped me and lots of others out in difficult times, Steve will be missed, a good listener....liked a pint or three, still can't get my head around the fact that he has gone.

We had one big pub session a week or two before he died, lots of his friends came, I asked about his illness and he simply said 'shit happens', this gave me a lot of hope, he had real dignity in the face of death, what more can you say.




VENUE: Room G108, 20 Kingsway Building ('G' Building), Portugal Street (Opposite
Peacock Theatre), LSE Campus
DATE AND TIME: Friday May 4th 2007, 6-8pm

Prof. Joel Kovel, Jewish-American political activist and respected academic in
psychoanalysis and the social sciences, will give a talk at the London School of
Economics (LSE) on Friday May 4th 2007 at 6pm about Eco-socialism and his new
book, 'Overcoming Zionism'.

In an event chaired by Dr. Derek Wall, Visiting Lecturer at Goldsmiths College
and Male Principal Speaker of the Green Party of England and Wales, Prof. Kovel
will discuss the latest developments in Eco-socialism, an idea that Prof. Kovel
has detailed thoroughly in his acclaimed book 'The Enemy of Nature: The End of
Capitalism or the End of the World?'. Eco-socialism sees capitalism as the cause
of ecological destruction and social injustice, …

All praise to the Iranian Shia cleric ' advocating tolerance and peace

well this can into mix, all part of the debate around islam and politics, East Oxford selection result out on tuesday by the way

All praise to the Iranian Shia cleric who has denounced Muslim
jihadism, theocracy and human rights abuses

says Peter Tatchell

The Guardian – Comment Is Free – 18 April 2007

much of the world, Shia Islam is synonymous with the terrorist
violence of the Badr and Sadr death squads in Iraq, and with the
murderous tyranny of the Iranian ayatollahs.

Since 1979, tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims, journalists, women,
students, gays, left-wingers, trade unionists and ethnic minorities
have been murdered in the name of Shia Islam by the despots in

We remember the barbaric fate of Iran’s esteemed Sunni Muslim leader,
Dr Ali Mozafarian. He was executed in 1992, on charges of espionage,
adultery and sodomy. Widely assumed to have been framed, his real
crime appears to have …

Protesting alone with 2,000 others outside parliament

Mass Lone Demos - The BIG One!
Time to shift up a gear, we think. According to the Home Office there have been 1,379 demonstrations authorised under SOCPA in 18 months (1 Aug 2005 - Dec 2006). With your help we'd like to attempt to hold 2,000 demonstrations in a day!

Just follow the instructions given here to join in.

On Thursday 5th April, thanks to a bunch of friends and associates, we handed in 1,184 applications at Charing Cross police station for Saturday, 21st April, a little short of our target, so please come and join us if you can and please email us to let us know how many applications you have sent in.

Well I am doing my bit tomorrow....with 11 protest events, then off for a relaxing pint with Joel Kovel, by the way he will be talking at the LSE on the evening of May 4th....tell you more soon.

Sian is coming I believe as well....Green Politics is about us winning elections but protest including direct action is also part of the process.

SOCPA includes a clause making de…

Carbon offset: We think it is mostly a con

Politics com debates carbon offset with contributions from the Government, cons, lib dems and the Green Party.

I argue:

'Carbon offset sounds promising but the Green Party is critical of how it works in practice. We would echo many of the criticisms of the Durban group, which suggest that the framework within which present policy works is both ineffective and biased toward the interests of elite groups.

First, some schemes are simply fraudulent and are at best based on dubious accounting. For example, if you fly carbon is emitted today but by planting a tree is absorbed over decades (and released if the tree dies). Strong legislation is needed to make sure that carbon is actually off set, often it is not.

Second, some schemes involving taking land out of the hands of local people in developing countries who often practice a low carbon and ecologically sensitive lifestyle. Plantar SA in Brazil have received and Chris Lang has produced evidence of abuse of local people for carbon off…
Met Reel News at the Exxon climate change demo, good people with some good films, I would recommend either their version or the original of how Cuba survived peak oil, very inspiring....go on give them your hard earn't cash.

Reel News 6 is out this Friday - website with paypal facility should be up and
running next month! In the meantime, send a cheque for £6 (inc p&p) made
payable to Shaun Dey to: 1 Galsworthy Terrace, London, N16 0TS.

Or: buy it at Housemans or Bookmarks bookshops...

12 issue subsciptions (£60 inc p&p) and 6 issue subscriptions (£30 inc p&p)
also available.

This month's issue:

1) Stop Trident 1: Aldermaston (reel news) 14:48

Various groups join together to successfully blockade Aldermaston for 90
minutes, and show that the vote in parliament was a sham...they started building
at Aldermaston 4 years ago and have already spent £1 billion. As the projected
bill for new weapons of mass destruction reaces £70 - £100 billion, time to
start building actions …

"homosexual terrorist" to run in East Oxford?

Peter Tatchell is standing in the race for Oxford East, exciting stuff...although South London based, the local party have been looking for a 'star' candidate. Peter would do a great job but so would local contender Matt Morton.

Exciting stuff, especially as I can use the title 'homosexual terrorist'

Peter is a real long term good thing for green party, ecosocialism as well as for his campaigning on human rights...

This is Joseph's take:

News about Peter Tatchell from Southwark in today's Independent. Peter did
tip me off about this some time ago. I am sure that if selected he will
make an excellent candidate and add some spice to the campaign in Oxford. Peter is, of course, also a leading supporter of Green Left.

Joseph Healy
Southwark GP member
Green king

Third time lucky for Peter Tatchell? I hear that Oxford East's Green Party
is considering making the gay rights campaigner its candidate at the next

Joel Kovel in UK!

lets face, I am very much trying to put Joel's vision into reality, the most important ecosocialist on the planet (other than John Bellamy Foster) is talking in Scotland on thursday...go and see him in Dundee, hoping he will be speaking in London for Green Left, LSE greens.

Dundee: 19/04/07 Calling for Palestinian Rights
Thursday 19 April – Dundee @ 7.00pm, Number Ten Constitution Road
Kovel joined the Green Party since 1990. In 1998, he was the Green Party candidate for US Senator from New York, and in 2000 sought their Presidential nomination.

“Greens, Calling for Palestinian Rights, Urge Divestment from Israel
The Green Party of the United States (GPUS) publicly calls for divestment from and boycott of the State of Israel until such time as the full individual and collective rights of the Palestinian people are realized.”

Born in Brooklyn, NY and studied psychiatry and medicine. Kovel is currently Professor of Social Studies at Bard College, NY.

As an activist, Joel Kove…

What are Muslims doing on climate change?"

From LINES, the transition town stuff seems well on the way in Stroud, at least this is my impression from visiting...

Peace -

Firstly, here are two websites recommended by our speaker, Stephen Watson at Sundays LINE meeting: i) ; ii) : These websites highlight projects based around communities that have empowered themselves to live sustainably in the context of a post-peak-oil future. There are already nine such towns, and Bristol is also listed. Certainly inspiring!

Secondly, as more people are now asking "What are Muslims doing on climate change?" LINE is organising a special event at LSE for next month (see below) which will essentially substitute the May monthly forum... Please note registration info & pass this notice far and wide!


The London Islamic Network for the Environment (LINE) invites you to:

CLIMATE CHANGE & MUSLIMS: Developing a Grassroots Movement
talks & a workshop within an International Conference…

Living Wage campaign!

this is from Nick Wall, no relative as far as I know...


I am an activist and public sector worker based in Merseyside. I have started a petition on the 10 Downing Street website in support of a living wage :

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to take steps to replace the national minimum wage with a living wage based on the level of pay and conditions that enables a full-time worker to make ends meet for themselves and their family. Official regional living wage figures should be announced such as the one given by Mayor Livingstone for London (and increased by the GLA in April 2007 to £7.20 an hour).
Why a living wage ?

This is a really good simple idea that has taken off in recent years. The point is this : the national minimum wage does not allow many workers to escape poverty. The Low Pay Commission do not take into account peoples actual needs in setting the NMW. In the UK 4¼ million adults aged 22 to retirement were paid less …

Golpe! 2002

and if you wondering I am not uncritical of the Venezuelan green record, a couple of the big name coal operations have been closed in the north after huge protest but this needs to go further and I not keen on oil pipelines, any where.

But it is a thing of stupidity to say that Chavez is not aware of the green agenda, solidarity must go with the majority of Venezuelans not with George Bush or the old system of two party domination.

lets make Verde Venezuela stronger, a return to the past will mean that it will not even be up for debate....Golpe discussion today

Red Pepper's Venezuela BlogNews and analysis of the Bolivarian Revolution, from correspondents in Venezuela« Documentary: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised | Main | British Journalists Pledge Support for Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution »

April 14, 2007
An Account of April 11-13, 2002, in Venezuela: The 47-Hour Coup That Changed Everything
[For the fifth anniversary of the defeat of the April 11-13 coup against Venezuel…


Thanks for your comment on my blog. Since you are an economist, I think you
would like my four-page white paper on work time and global warming, which I
was referring to in the blog post that you commented on. If you haven't
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I would be very interested to hear what you think about this paper.

Work Time And Global Warming pulls out just one idea from my booklet The End
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show that we are reaching a point where economic growth no longer brings
significant benefits but does cause significant social and environmental
costs, and which also describes policies that would let us end growth when
people have enough. If you like Work Time And Global Warming, check out The
End Of Economic Growth at http://www.pre…

GMTV, Sméagol Gollum and me.

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Green Party Principal Speaker Derek Wall will appear on GMTV this Sunday 5th between 6 and 7am to discuss the Green Party in the local elections.

The clip may also be viewable on after the show.
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Not a punch up like hard talk or David Frost but just to let you know I am doing my bit to promote the party for the local elections and Welsh Assembly. Steve Richards is a great interviewer, intelligent journalist.

It was like a factory farm of politicos he got through me, Ed Davey (Edmund or Edward?), Lord Gilbert, ming campbell and that bloke from the tories whose name I have forgot, busy man...and guess others as well when I had gone.

Incidentally while I am still anti-leader it just struck me what a nice modest effective person Ann Were, leader of the Green Party in Wales is.

Still prefer speaker, much easier to explain and the media understands it.

Ann seems great but 'leade…

Green Stroud

It was good to catch up with him and hear his enthusiasm for Stroud - he clearly had a great visit here before he went on today to launch the Green party's campaign for a Welsh Assembley seat. During his visit he was kind enough to mention this blog as one of the best Green blogs around.

this is from Philip Booth, great blogger and green local councillor.

Stroud was great, the local greens really looked after me and we went to Whiteway colony, set up in 1898 and a little tame today, than when wild 'croydon Brethern' inspired by Ruskin and Tolstoy set it up, and bumped into Alan Evans (hope I have the right name) making metal work for a sustrans bicyle route over a viaduct.

So Whiteway is still green.

Went to lots of green projects, I am so sceptical but I was sold on all the great practical steps...if you squint a look at some little corners Stroud is like going to William Morris's utopia 'News from Nowhere'.

Welsh launch was great, god I am losing my critical edge,…

Green Venezuela

A couple of years ago I watched the documentary 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised', which is about the 2002 coup against President Hugo Chavez. Since then I have taken a personal interest in the progress of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution. My party, the Green Party of England and Wales, is affiliated to the Venezuela Information Centre (VIC), which is a solidarity organisation that campaigns against foreign interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs. I have a lot of links with friends in Caracas and a Green Party delegation, including our chair Richard Mallender, went to listen to Hugo Chavez when he spoke in London last year. Caroline Lucas, who represents our party in the European Parliament, is a patron of VIC, and I travelled to Caracas with my partner Sarah Farrow as part of a VIC delegation in 2006.

So I think it is fair to say that on the whole the Green Party is pretty supportive of solidarity with Venezuela.

More here...see you in Stroud later perhaps.

Stroud: A transition town?

The new phrase seems to be 'transition town', Stroud is trying to be one or at least some people in Stroud are promoting a citizens alternative to oil addiction.

Felicity Lawrence who is one of my favourite journalists spells out the link between food production and oil, every carrot seems to come with a spilt litre of petrol:

How we use oil

· 130kg packaging made from oil-derived plastics is consumed by British households each year. Two-thirds of it is used in food production

· 57miles is the average distance a tonne of freight now travels by road. In 1953 it was 21 miles

· 95% of our food products require the use of oil, and the supply of food accounts for 21% of Britain's energy use

· 3.5 litres of oil is needed to produce half a kilogram of steak

this is from her article on Lampeter, which to be honest I find slightly depressing, to succeed such projects need to make big structural change, political change, yet we are being glued into unsustainable structures every day (look …

In Stroud on wednesday: Why Green is the issue.

The commune had been created in the Cotswold Hills near Stroud around the turn of the century, attracting an assortment of socialists, pacifists, “free thinkers and refugees.” “Manners had they none and their customs are beastly, “wrote an official in 1925. Police paid a husband and wife £400 to infiltrate the commune in the hope of finding evidence of their unspeakable activities. The couple emerged claiming that “promiscuous fornication “was indeed a feature of life in the colony, but they were unable to produce proof

7.30pm 11th April in the Old Town Hall, The Shambles, Stroud: Derek Wall will be talking on 'Why Green is the issue" - this will include why greens are not a single issue party and why there is only one party with real green policies.

I am off to Stroud which since the whiteway colony in the 19th century has been pioneering green politics, back in 1986 when we were still the Ecology Party John Marjoram won a council seat in the town, we have five borough counci…



Wales Green Party will launch its Manifesto for the Welsh Assembly Election at the Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay on the morning of Thursday 12th April.

The bilingual event will include speeches by Green Party Principal Speaker Dr Derek Wall and lead candidates from across Wales. The party will be highlighting its radical stance on climate change, economics, energy, transport and peace.

Ann Were, Spokesperson for Wales Green Party said, “Green issues have never been higher on the political agenda. Every party is putting on green clothes these days. But it remains to be seen how effective this ‘New Green’ agenda will be in dealing with the impact of Climate Change.

“Greens have been discussing these issues, and developing solutions for over 20 years now. We have the answers to all the questions that the other parties have only just begun to ask.

“Experience across the UK shows that it needs a Green presence on our assemblies and…

The Muslim awards for Excellence

Khalid Hussenbux and I went to the Muslim News awards for excellence, my most striking memory was of a women in a khaki niquab admonishing Muslim fathers for preventing their daughters from getting out of the house and getting an education!

Karimah bint Dawoud was accepting a prize for excellence in the arts for the work of Karamah Holistic Arts....

The group have produced some interesting work and have a lot to say about how Islam can and should celebrated strong women:

Karimah, a Muslim revert to Islam, of European and Asian African heritage, is proud of the fact that the first person to embrace Islam was a woman, Khadijah the first wife of Prophet Mohammed. Other important women in Islam: Maryam, Aisha and Fatima and the spiritual cosmology associated with these women and the archetypes that they represent, have been an influence for her garment designs. The feminine trinity of virgin, mother, crone also add to the layering of meaning that this collection represents.

The whole event wa…

Climate deniers delay release of IPCC report

Correspondents say the US, Saudi Arabia, China and India were unhappy with the strength of the language in the draft summary, due to be released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Several countries most notably the US have prevented the release of the latest IPCC report on climate change....the more we delay the greater the likelihood of disaster.

See you at Exxon headquarters in Leatherhead, Surrey (the god of trains permitting) later, to protest this.

read more here.

How can anything survive in a climate like this? A heat wave all year long. A greenhouse effect. Everything is burning up. Okay. Wise guy. Eat some Soylent Green and calm down.

Well what do I think of the 3rd series of the new Dr Who on BBC 1, is the obvious question. The interesting question is what can we learn generally from science fiction as a form of culture? How does it make us think politically, especially about ecology? I watched the 1973 dystopian classic Soylent Green last week for the first time. It is worth a look and I guess you can borrow it from some of the dvd schemes on the net.
My copy had a really cheesy documentary that put me off and yes it is a bit of a boy movie, full of violent action and casual sexism not cool. However it is interesting with all the climate deniers claiming that there was a big scare about global cooling in the 1970s to note that back in 1973 greenhouse concerns were in popular culture.
Soylent Green is set in New York in 2020…