24 Mar 2009

Green Party dissidents fell government

Just got the news!

I wish I could say this was Ireland....the dissident Green Party MPs have swung the vote and toppled the centre-right government.

Why the Greens were in government with a Czech conservative party that supported missile defence bases from George Bush and had one of Europe's most important climate change sceptics as leader beats me.


Conference organisers were celebrating something of a coup in securing as a keynote speaker the Czech president, Václav Klaus, at a time when his country holds the rotating presidency of the EU. Klaus, a Eurosceptic, believes that efforts to protect the world from the impact of climate change are an assault on freedom.

In his remarks last night, Klaus accused European governments of being "alarmist" on the subject of climate change and in thrall to radical environmentalists.

"They probably do not want to reveal their true plans and ambitions to stop economic development and return mankind several centuries back," he said.

He received a standing ovation. But Klaus admitted that his position was a lonely one.

"It is evident that the climate change debate has not made any detectable progress," he said. "It reminds me of the frustration people like me felt in the communist era."

Ok Klaus was only president and does not get on with the present Civic democrat Prime Minister (well Pm until this afternoon) but you don't have to be a super red green radical to view this as weird!

Klaus now leads the EU! Astonishing.

However dissident Green MPs have swung the vote.

Hope the same happens in Ireland with Fianna Fail government who are bulldozing a motorway through one of Europe's most important ancient landscapes at Tara!

More positively the Green Party over here in England and Wales has got some new radical green policies including a splendid migration policy (credit where credit is due...this originates from the European Greens (who I sometimes find less than radical).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The treaty with U.S. really didn't go through only thanks to two "rebel" Green MP's and one Christian democrat. But alarming is, that other three Green MP's voted in favour.

No confidence to Czech government is good news in long term - it will help the Czech greens rethink their values and get back the support of voters. Yes, the next few months with Klaus leading EU will be uneasy, but no catastrophe on itself - he is isolated even in his own party...

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