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Green Party Fundraising

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Today’s comic was supposed to be outlining how much the little fundraising events are completely overwhelmed by larger scale ones. I might have missed the point a little but hey, at least you can admire my Gmod skillz:

greenfundraisingApologies for the late posing, I didn’t bother posting this morning (because I was busy with tomorrow’s comic) and I realised I had some German Grammar exercises to do this afternoon. Exercises which I still have to do.

School tomorrow!

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September 6, 2009 at 15:19

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Christine went to vote in the European and Local elections, she voted for one Labour councillor, one Green councillor and for the Greens in the European elections. She was wondering if she could vote – what with her being French and the immigration services refusing her UK nationality. The answer to this is simple of course: vote for a party which would have less stringent dare I say racist immigration policies. As far as I’m concerned we should just open our borders and let anyone in as long as they obey our laws. But no (mainstream) politician is likely to take up that view seeing as I’m quite radical.

Right, well enough about immigratin and nationalisation, that’s for another time. We spoke to the local Green councillor outside the polling building and he was a real snob. I’ve finished what could be called the ‘bible’ of climate change books so I should have been able to ask him if he would carry out the basic things necessary (ban cars from town centres, regulate industrial wasteage, refuse to collaborate with oil and car companies). That sort of thing. I was struck dumb when Christine tried to persuade him that Turkey shouldn’t be allowed into the European Union and he asked her what she thought. It’s like he’s taking election tips from Rashida Dati. Rule number one: if a voter asks you a question, do not ask them the question back. He kept talking about his ‘personal’ views but that the Green party has no official stance on it. And that’s really the problem with most of the Green party in the first place: it’s a single issue party in a democratic system which nearly never holds referendums and uses the archaic method of first-past-the-post.

He will stare at you quiety until you leave.

He will quietly stare at you until you leave.

He was dressed in a pressed white shirt, creased black trusers and a tie. He looked like the typical beaucratic wanker who I want to eradicate from the halls of government. Although I don’t dislike him just because of his shirt, if everyone judged policitans on what they said than what they looked like then neo-liberal disasters like Tony Blair might have been averted. No, a second more realistic reason to dislike him is his daughter. I noticed that she was helping him with his political canvassing although she seemed to be just sitting there listening to her iPod and vaguely smiling at people coming by. If my parents did anything as exciting as stand for councillor I would at least show a little enthusiasm. She also seemed to be wearing school uniform, I was stumped as to which school it represented but I wasn’t going to find out because prolonged staring at a lady’s skirt could cause her father to make unhappy sounds, also plainly asking “Does your incredibly hot daughter go to a private school?” might cause offense. Generally don’t vote for people who send their children to private schools because they’re less likely to support the State-funded schools which me and Matthieu attend.

I did ask him whether he would introduce a congestion charge in the town centre if he was given power and he said he would, and then he said that actually he should put it on the ring road, and then he mumbled something about public transport being too expensive and not enough cycle routes. I doubt that he actually will introduce anything radical if he’s elected because he’s probably too cautious and it wouldn’t pass the scrutiny of his affluent fashionably left-liberal pool of voters. Still, I would love to be proved wrong.

He’s certainly far off from the loudly-cussing unshaven representative of the Green Party I met on a Climate Change march earlier on.

 

Although he was probably a luckier bet than the Labour candidate. As of today the Labour party are officially waste, that little stunt (see link) will probably kill any chance of them winning seats in the Local and European elections, all that remains is for them all to announce that they’ve given up existing after the General election.

 

After searching the dam guy on the Oxford Greens website I learn that he has a blog. Which I shall subscribe to.

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June 4, 2009 at 19:46

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a new age of green

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pamphlet This is a leaflet I got on Friday while in town (I was shopping for plasticine). It’s from the Oxford Green Party I think. What I know about the Green Party can be summed up like this: The leader of the Oxford Green Party is a bitter man who uses the word ‘fuck’ a lot, he’s really opinionated and a bit arrogant (I talked to him over coffee at the National Climate March).

And that the Greens managed to block the building of a campsite for ‘travelers’ – Gypsies, Roma, whatever you want to call them. The reason they blocked this? Apparently it was to be built on a swamp area inhabited by a rare type of frog. Also proposed was a road which would lead from a housing development straight to a school. At the moment the only way to access the school is by way of a Victorian bridge which only lets one car through at a time. That bridge isn’t big enough to let a fire engine through, what were to happen if the school set fire? Another road was absolutely necessary. The way I justify this is by saying that is wasn’t really a ‘Green’ issue at all. It was just the elitist bourgeoisie who think their house value will fall if gypsies live next to them. They did everything they could to stop the council turning a wasteland into a useful social building. The Greens rushed to their aid in claiming that the wasteland was a site of Special Scientific Interest and should be renamed ‘town green’ to protect it.

I totally agree that we should impose sanctions on companies who pollute, aerosols should be banned from common sale and there should be a factory built to churn out wind turbines as fast as they do cars. The green agenda has shown itself to be an integral part of the Socialist Manifesto. However it’s very vulnerable to influence from bourgeois-bohemes. Upper-Middle class pricks who are ‘fashionably green’. They drive 3 km to the out-of-town supermarket in their 4X4 to buy organic apples and they swear at the lonely cyclist in the rain on the way back. Renaud has a fantastic description of this new class and I’ve been thinking about his words for a while. He makes sense, he really does. One-issue parties are a good thing and I do think that our political system should exist not on a left-right scale, it should be a multi-threaded (that’s right, I advocate proportional representation) tug-of-war between people who want less gun control and people who want more cyclists. The green party is a neat idea, but it’s policies are taken by other parties, it’s support base of hippies is rapidly being replaced by a middle-class army who warp it’s core ideals and lastly, the leader of the Green Party in Oxford is a nutter.

Oh and on that point, being a vegetarian is a good thing for the environment and global food stocks. It is. We should all eat less meat. There’s a case for using mountain pastures on which to raise cows/goats/sheep/pigs and humans will always eat meat. We should just eat less of it. That’s not an extreme solution, it’s a sensible one.

I make no apology for publishing the member’s telephone numbers and mail addresses on the internet. If you’re willing to hand it out to random strangers in town, you shouldn’t be afraid of giving it out to random strangers on the internet.

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March 15, 2009 at 11:02

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