Conference is about to open in Blackpool.
I am hoping conference will endorse the excellent migration motion, reassert our opposition to nuclear power and learn from the debacle over the Irish Sea.
Amongst many excellent motions is the Green New Deal motion from Sean Thompson.
A Green Party is a delicious sweetmeat for corporations, a corporate Green Party will be tempted into government but the temptation is that it acts as a mud guard for a dirty neo-liberal vehicle.
We need to remain 'Green'....if I wanted a corporate Green Party my next move would be to centralise candidate selection so that radicals i.e Greens, could be removed. Letting members decide candidates is not the way of the corporate political party!
If I wanted a corporate Green Party I would also abolish the Green Party Regional Council...no over sight lovely for the corporate Greens!
Then the Party would be in a position to be bought up with offers of government coalition....(power would be absent, position and title temptingly apparent!)
The Irish Green Party in government with motorway building corrupt Fianna Fail is the way forward for corporate Greens everywhere.
Happily from Cynthia McKinney to the New Zealand Green Party there are plenty of examples of non corporate Green Parties...but we have to struggle to stay Green in a grey world.
Here is hoping!
What could be more dangerous than a Green Party transformed into an instrument for corporations? Not much!
Sadly the once wonderful Irish Green Party seems to have fallen...to fall in this way is to make the changes we need for a sustainable and socially just world, so much more difficult to achieve.
Still if the revue at conference is funny, sharp and prepared to look at the risks, we are still on the right track!
Criticism is necessary for progress! Silence is a way of preparing for the corporate greens...