Video of the Month:
1.5°C - A New Boundary For Global Warming?
(Click on the image)
Archive of previous VoMs
What to do without the car (Karl Brown)
EGP statement on PSPOs
Green Candidate for Mayor Sîan Berry's answers to the Advertiser's questionnaire
EGP response to the Ritz Parade consultation
EGP response to plans for a new incinerator
Jenny Jones' submission on the Sloeman's Farm planning application
Green Party submission to the Royal Free on the proposed Chase Farm rebuild
Open Letter to the People of Barnet and Enfield From The Cat Hill Campaign
30 reasons why Greens oppose TTIP
Statement on air pollution
Statement on housing
Yes to Mini-Holland!
Report on the Radical Emissions Reductions conference
Our views on Europe
EGP statement on the missiles at the Girling reservoir
EGP statement on the MU campus in Trent Park
EGP statement on the Go Ape facility in Trent Park
EGP responds to the Boundary Commission
EGP statement on Chase Farm
EGP statement on the riots
Greens hold packed meeting on Pinkham Way as
campaigners vow to fight on
Darren Johnson responds on Pinkham Way
What would Green
councillors do for Enfield?
respond to council consultation on biodiversity
Jan 6, 2017
Public meeting on air pollution
Air quality has been much in the news recently, with revelations about Brixton Rd in Lambeth breaching its
pollution limits for the whole year by January 5th; diesel cars being far worse polluters than buses and lorries;
and China reeling under a toxic cloud 2,000 miles long.
To begin to address all this from a local perspective,
next Thursday (Jan 12th, 7.30) sees a public meeting in Bowes School addressing air pollution. Speakers
include Green Party AM Caroline Russell, Cllrs Daniel Anderson and Alan Sitkin, the borough's pollution officer, and
speakers from Better Streets for Enfield and Friends of the Earth.
For full details see the
We hope to see you there.
Jan 6, 2017
Kate Osamor backs action on climate change
Way back in October, Greens were amongst those going to meet our local MPs as part of Global Climate Change Week.
Groups went to see both David Burrowes and Joan Ryan to ask for more urgent action on climate change. As far
as we know no-one met with Kate Osamor, but EGP member Tom Smith did write to her and has finally got an
answer to his questions. Face-to-face meetings are of course more effective, but the advantage of am email
exchange is that we can quote it. Here's what Kate said (in capitals) in response to Tom's (lower case)
Do you accept that Climate Change is a major threat and largely due to human activity?
Do you accept that most of the activity concerned is by or for the benefit of the rich countries?
YES - PARTICULARLY AS THE WESTERN WORLD EXPORTS ITS CARBON EMISSIONS TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Do you agree that there are moral obligations to (a) avoid catastrophic climate change, (b) help those now being harmed
by it to adapt and (c) compensate those harmed for their losses?
YES. I AM ENTIRELY IN SUPPORT OF THE CLIMATE JUSTICE AGENDA AND MECHANISMS THAT WILL BE NEEDED TO DELIVER IT
The IMF says that fossil fuels subsidies were $5.3T last year. (i.e. $700 per person globally). Do you agree that all
such subsidies should be phased out immediately?
NOT NECESSARILY. IT DEPENDS ON THE CONTEXT BUT THE WESTERN WORLD NEEDS TO TAKE A LEAD
Do you agree that most known fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground and that all exploration for new reserves
should now stop?
IN PRINCIPLE YES BUT THE TECHNOLOGY NEEDS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TO SUPPORT GLOBAL LOW CARBON
Will you ask Enfield Council to divest from fossil fuel companies?
IT IS NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY TO PRESSURE THE COUNCIL. HOWEVER, I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN PURSUING UK GOVERNMENT PENSIONS
POLICIES IN THIS AREA WITH THE APPROPRIATE SUPPORT. I SUGGEST YOU PICK UP THE ISSUE OF ENFIELD COUNCIL WITH ENFIELD
Jan 6, 2017
EGP statement on the council's proposals for Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)
Enfield council are proposing to issue PSPOs covering our parks, or possibly even the whole of Enfield.
We didn't hear about this consultation until it was too late to contribute to it, but we have issued a
statement giving our views on these proposals. Basically we don't think much of them.
Oct 6, 2016
Say no to toxic politics
We have long called for progressive parties to work together. Now, in the wake of the Conservative conference, we have
joined forces with the Leanne Wood, Leader of Plaid Cymru; Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland; and our
Green counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to stand against bigotry, xenophobia and ignorance. You can
read our full statement below.
Over the past few days, we've seen an unelected Conservative Prime Minister claim to be a champion of fairness and
equality. Yet she's a longstanding member of a Government that has overseen years of stagnating wages, the systematic
dismantling of our NHS and toxic rhetoric on migration.
Inflaming tensions in our communities and a 'hard Brexit' will do untold damage to the places we represent. By uniting
we have the best chance of facing down the Government and standing up for a better future for Britain.
The Green Party always has and always will defend the rights of those who come here to make a life for themselves.
Now, more than ever, we must stand united with all those that share our commitment to presenting real opposition to
Theresa May. To do this, we must be strong, we must be nimble and we need your help.
Give £10 and help us fight for a Greener Tomorrow.
Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas
Co-Leaders - Green Party of England and Wales
Full statement, signed by:
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
Jonathan Bartley, Co-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
Caroline Lucas, Co-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
Leanne Wood, Leader of Plaid Cymru
Steven Agnew, Leader of the Green Party of Northern Ireland
Patrick Harvie, Co-Convener of the Scottish Green Party
Alice Hooker-Stroud, Leader of the Wales Green Party
The countries of the United Kingdom face a spiralling political and economic crisis. At the top of the Conservative
Party, the narrow vote in favour of leaving the EU has now been interpreted as the pretext for a drastic cutting of
ties with Europe, which would have dire economic results - and as an excuse for the most toxic rhetoric on immigration
we have seen from any government in living memory.
This is a profoundly moral question which gets to the heart of what sort of country we think we live in. We will not
tolerate the contribution of people from overseas to our NHS being called into question, or a new version of the divisive
rhetoric of 'British jobs for British workers'. Neither will we allow the people of these islands, no matter how they
voted on June 23rd, to be presented as a reactionary, xenophobic mass whose only concern is somehow taking the UK back
to a lost imperial age. At a time of increasing violence and tension, we will call out the actions of politicians who
threaten to enflame those same things.
This is not a time for parties to play games, or meekly respect the tired convention whereby they do not break cover
during each other's conferences. It is an occasion for us to restate the importance of working together to resist
the Tories' toxic politics, and make the case for a better future for our people and communities. We will do this
by continuing to work and campaign with the fierce sense of urgency this political moment demands.
July 3, 2016
The Green Party's 6-point plan
A week ago we woke up in a different Britain. For those of us who believe Britain's future lies in our EU
membership, it was a devastating shock, and for everyone who believes in a multicultural society the last week has
been deeply alarming.
I'm really worried about our country.
Not only are we now on course for serious economic turmoil but our politics is broken too. The Conservative
party has repeatedly failed us - leaving a country divided and many people struggling to get by. Labour is
imploding - with a revolt by some MPs crippling the leadership and leaving them utterly unable to hold the
Government to account while they engage in a civil war.
It will be a long time before the dust settles. In the coming months it falls upon us, the Green Party, to put
forward a positive vision of what a post-referendum Britain could look like.
That's why today I'm publishing my six point emergency response plan. It sets out how we should respond to the
referendum - and how we can best protect our country against the potential damage caused by Brexit.
Our plan is below. It's only a start, of course, and in the coming weeks and months we want you to be part of this
We demand a General election in the Autumn so people can choose the Government they want to represent them in the
negotiations to come : the current Government has no mandate for negotiations.
We demand a Parliamentary vote on any 'terms of exit' BEFORE invoking Article 50. This stops a small cabal at the
top of Government having total control over this country's future place in the world.
We demand the protection of free movement within the EU, strong environmental protections, workers rights and the
Single Market. We're working with a range of environment NGOs and other experts to identify ways to best protect
vital Green legislation.
We demand a second referendum on the terms of a final deal. Britain decided to leave the EU, but nobody knew what
kind of Brexit was on the ballot paper. It's only right that we're all given a say.
We demand an emergency law which guarantees the rights of non-British nationals already living here in Britain.
No one who has come here to make a life for themselves should feel threatened by Brexit.
We demand the protection of young people's future. 75% of young people voted to remain. It's only right that the
Government should now guarantee continued funding for Erasmus, student exchanges and EU funded schemes targeted at
This six point plan is only the beginning. In the coming weeks we'll be redoubling our campaigning on the issues
close to our hearts. For starters that means that we will be standing up to racism and xenophobia wherever it
occurs. We have a proud history of fighting bigotry and our elected politicians across the country will be
focussing on this over the coming days.
When others are divided we will unite to oppose Trident renewal, hold Ministers to account as the Chilcot Inquiry
is published and bring legislation to Parliament which will distribute the benefits of migration to all communities
We're ambitious for the next few months. In a time of crisis we will stand up for people, and for our environment.
It's no wonder that new members are joining the party at a rate of almost one per minute.
But to really make an impact we need your help. Please share our message on facebook and twitter and encourage
others to join us in the fight.
June 24, 2016
Statement on the Referendum result
Enfield Green Party regrets yesterday's decision to leave the EU but we recognise that it is the decision of the
Many things, however, will not change. Geographically, culturally and politically we will still be part of Europe.
And our sovereignty will still be limited by a web of international treaties and relationships.
As we unweave the strands labelled 'EU' there are some things we'll be glad to see go. Of these the Trans-Atlantic
Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - the secret treaty that seeks to make our parliament subject to corporate
courts - is the most toxic.
But some things we should keep. Our EU membership provides useful protections for our health, human rights and
environment. There is nothing at all un-British about such protections which were often pioneered by the UK before
joining the EU.
On both these the UK government has taken the wrong side - backing TTIP and undermining our rights. As we leave
those of us - clearly a majority - who reject TTIP and value these protections need to watch what's being done in
our name. We need - immediately - to insist on open access to the negotiating texts of the agreements that will
replace our EU membership. And we need to organise to resist the underhand attacks on our rights that the Tories
will make in the name of UK independence.
May 8, 2016
Here's one reason for electing Greens
Caroline Russell hasn't even got her feet under her new City Hall desk yet and already she's promising her
support to Enfield RoadWatch in their fight to protect the Green belt! Caroline was one of the 2 Green Party
Assembly Members you helped to elect on Thursday and Ian D'Souza of Enfield RoadWatch was quick off the mark
to congratulate her:
"Enfield RoadWatch would like to congratulate you on your election win last Thursday.
Thank you again for your letter of commitment to protect the Green Belt. We hope that Sadiq Kahn will remain
true to his manifesto and also resist efforts by developers, councils and others to de-designate protected land
for housing and schools, when there is ample brownfield to use first. It is reassuring to know that you will be
among the voices fighting to save London's greenspaces and environment.
You may well see Enfield cases coming before you, including Wren-Enfield, and we hope we may count on your
vote to save our protected land."
Caroline responded "I look forward to hearing from you in City Hall and will be happy to support your campaigns".
Other parties support the Green Belt because it's the popular thing to do; Greens support it because that's who
May 7, 2016
The Green Party consolidated its position as the third party in London on Thursday.
Sîan Berry repeated Jenny Jones'
success 4 years ago in coming third in the Mayoral contest - in fact she improved on it by retaining our deposit
for the first time. The Green Party was third in the supplementary list election and also got the third most votes in
the constituency elections, while our constituency candidates came third in 8 of the 14 constituencies - and not far
off beating the Tories in one of them! Enfield &
Haringey was one of the 8, improving on our 4th place 4 years ago.
A big Thank You to all of you who voted for us, and an even bigger Thank You to those who helped out in the campaign.
For a small party we delivered a lot of leaflets!
The full local result is on the
results page, or if you want London-wide results see the
London Elects website
Now, somebody said something about a referendum....
May 3, 2016
Vote Green on Orange!
That's the message for those of you who quite like the Greens but not quite enough to vote the full Green ticket.
Of course we'd like you to vote Green on all 3 ballot papers that you'll get on Thursday, but the Assembly List
(that's the one with the orange ballot paper) is the most important one for us as it's the one that actually
gets Greens elected - 2 last time, and we're hoping for more this year.
Here's how it stacks up:
The PINK ballot paper is the one to vote for the Mayor on. But it's not quite the usual single choice that you get
at Parliamentary elections. This time you get to vote for a first and second preference; your second preference
only kicks in if your first doesn't get enough votes and gets eliminated.
The important point about that is, it eliminates the need for tactical voting. So you can happily vote for the
Green candidate, Sîan Berry, as your number one then for whichever of Labour and Tory you dislike least
with your second preference. Realistically it's going to come down to one of those two for Mayor, but your vote for
Sîan makes whoever gets elected take green issues more seriously and might even save our £10K deposit.
On the YELLOW paper you vote for the local constituency candidate for Assembly Member. This is a standard
first-past-the-post election. The constituency covers the boroughs of Enfield & Haringey and our candidate is
Ronald Stewart. He'd make a great Assembly Member.
Then there's that ORANGE form, where you vote for a party list to top up the 14 constituency winners to 25
Assembly Members. This is run on a proportional basis - which is why we have a chance of electing Greens -
taking account of how many constituency seats each party already has.
It's not quite a straight proportion but uses a complicated method called Modified d'Hondt; if you'd like
all the details of how that works
May 1, 2016
The day I met Sîan Berry
The decision to cycle into London last Thursday, the 28th April, was indeed a fortuitous one. As I pulled up
to the junction of MacKenzie Road and Caledonian Road I saw out of the corner of my eye Caroline Russell,
(@highburyonfoot) the Green London Assembly candidate. I thought for a moment to continue on my way, but no - I
should go and wish her luck in the forthcoming election.
So I hopped off my bike to wish her luck, for which she thanked me and asked if I would like to stay for a
photograph, my first instinct was to say no, but I soon came round and agreed to remain for the photo.
At this point somebody said, "Here's Sian now." at which point I turned round to see Sian Berry (@sianberry)
walking up the road toward us. It was only then I noticed on the opposite side of the road an enormous "The
Power of Good Ideas" - Vote Green Party billboard, emblazoned with the picture of Sian.
On spotting the billboard, Sian said "Well I definitely haven't been Photoshopped!"
It seems I had unwillingly stumbled into the launch of the Green's London Elects billboard campaign.
It was very exciting to meet Caroline and Sian and have the opportunity to wish them well in the elections on the
As I learn't another residual benefit to cycling is that one might be invited to join in with a Green Party launch!
1st May 2016
Apr 23, 2016
The Green Party, for a Healthier Life
New member Phodis Evangelou writes:
One of the most difficult moments in my life was deciding to walk across the floor and join another political
Party, one that I could believe in for a greater and brighter future. That Party, for me, was the Green Party,
for the reasons that I am about to say.
In the world of politics the term 'ideology' resounds time and time again, we all need something to believe in.
However, in our current state of affairs, the 'ideologies' of most Parties are just out right crazy. Most Parties
today will take a fear that is universally accepted and use that fear to penetrate concern. So we all feel afraid,
and therefore, vote for a Party that we believe will relinquish that fear. For example, think of the term
'immigration' and now think of a Party doing well because of associating fear to that term. Usually, the fears
that are pedestalled never come to be a reality, and therefore, we never truly vote according to what we want,
but according to what might be the best medicine to counter the fears we might have.
I can honestly say, in my opinion, the Green Party is the only Party that propagates a positive 'ideology', by
believing in the resuscitation of our world and its resources, we might just have a chance of getting what we, the
people, want; a greater life because of a healthier world.
This affects our mental state of mind, by believing in a brighter future that obligates everyone to responsibility,
we might be in with a chance of seeing positive change now and hereafter.
I speak from a position of conviction. I actually feel that the change we seek for a more positive society is by
the merit of a positive environment, where those that learn to appreciate the earth and the life that inhabits it
will also discover a settling feeling of progressive development. The Green Party is my choice for change, as they
provide the necessary tools and the right knowledge to see how prosperity might be shared by all.
I, myself, a former candidate councillor for the Conservative Party, have observed the reality of what 'positive
ideology' can do for people, by developing a happier, more stable, society. My research in psychology has been a
major eye-opener, and I am led to the conclusion that the Green Party is ahead of its time, where progressive
change is concerned, and therefore, I wish to cross the floor (so to speak).
MA, BSc (Hons), MNCS
Apr 15, 2016
Sîan Berry in Enfield
Our wonderful Mayoral candidate was in Enfield today, revelling in having been given 10/10 on air quality by
Clean Air in London, and another 10/10 on cycling by the Guardian. She got 0/10 for timing, though, as it rained
heavily throughout her time here! That did limit opportunities to talk to ordinary voters, but the Beeb still
turned up to film some background stuff for The Sunday Politics, the Advertiser's friendly photographer Anne-Marie
was there, and later interviews were arranged with Ruth McKee of the Advertiser (prevented from attending by a lost
voice - a
bit of a problem for a journo!) (Later: here is
) and with Londra Gazeta (rather appropriately stuck in traffic on his way to talk
to Sîan about air pollution!). Actually braving the rain for a
was Emma of
Love Your Doorstep.
Here's Sîan with EGPers Alex McRea, Tom Smith, David Flint and Bill Linton, and our clean air bike.
Mar 23, 2016
Pushing for Fair Fares
EGP activists were out both on Monday morning at Arnos Grove and this morning at Edmonton Green, handing out
'Vote Sîan Berry' leaflets to emphasise Sîan's commitment to cut fares for commuters - though
the contents of the leaflets was not confined to transport: policies covered included housing;
encouraging cycling and walking; no new runways; a not-for-profit London Energy Company; a bank for Londo; the Living Wage;
stopping the loss of arts and music venues; cutting air pollution; and involving people and communities in decisions
that affect them.
Mar 15, 2016
We know air quality is rotten - now let's do something about it
Having checked on at least some of Enfield's air quality and found it distinctly lacking, EGP members were out
yesterday seeking public support to do something about it.
We handed out cards close to schools and stations promoting clean air, our Mayoral candiate Sîan Berry and
local Enfield & Haringey candidate Ronald Stewart. Ronald himself turned up to help at Bounds Green tube station
(over the border in Haringey but used by many Bowes ward commuters).
Our own Tom Smith toured the borough pedalling (sic!) the message!
Mar 10, 2016
Monitoring air quality - the results
Recently Enfield Green Party put up Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) detectors in 10 places, 6 in Bowes ward and 4 elsewhere
(see item below).
The results, which are averaged over roughly a 4-week period, are now in and can be seen in detail in
. They make disturbing reading, showing many places over the legal limit even in an outer-London borough such as
Enfield (Haringey GP carried out a similar exercise at the same time and the numbers were even worse).
The figures represent micrograms of the pollutant NO2 per cubic metre of air. NO2 is what kills 9400 Londoners per
year. The legal limit is 40 micrograms per cubic metre.
If there is any demand (some as yet undecided minimum number), we'd be happy to order and do all the necessary
attaching, taking down and sending off of monitoring tubes outside people's homes, so you can see what you are
being subjected to day in and day out. The cost including processing is £8.50, tubes are left up for 4-6 weeks and
the processing takes 2 weeks to 2 months.
Let us know if you'd like to be included.
Mar 10, 2016
A Community Artists' Competition - Improving the Environment in Enfield and Haringey
What would Enfield and Haringey be like with less traffic, better housing options and less air pollution?
These are some of the questions the Green Party is asking, and inviting local artists to help them answer,
with potential grand prizes of £1000, £500 and £250!
"The challenges London faces need imaginative solutions; we also need creative ways of communicating these
challenges and solutions. Artists play an invaluable role in telling these stories and helping us to explore how
we can create a better environment for our city" says Ronad Stewart, Green Party candidate for the London Assembly
for Enfield and Haringey.
Jan 8, 2016
Monitoring air quality
Yesterday an intrepid band of Green Party activists set out to monitor air quality in Bowes ward - where we
suspect it may be particularly bad - and other parts of the borough. The exercise involved tieing small phials
to lampposts or signposts, at least 2.5 metres off the ground. We did that in 10 carefully selected places, and
will return in 4-6 weeks to take them down and send the phials off for processing.
Two of the monitors are on the North Circular, outside Bowes Primary and at Clockhouse Parade. I will be very
surprised if they come in under the legal limits, but time will tell. Others are positioned in less exposed
spots, for comparison purposes.
A couple of days earlier, Green Party members in Haringey carried out a similar exercise and it will be interesting
to compare our results with theirs too.
Watch this space.
Nov 25, 2015
Public Meeting - Can We Afford to Gamble With Our Planet's Future?
Haringey Green Party are holding a major public meeting on December 7th featuring our Mayoral candidate,
Siân Berry and video messages from Caroline Lucas MP and Keith Taylor MEP. They've picked a venue convenient
for people from Enfield to get to, close to Finsbury Park station.
See their flyer for
Nov 25, 2015
Green Party constituency candidate selected
Enfield and Haringey Green Parties have selected their candidate for the Enfield/Haringey constituency in next
May's London Assembly elections.
He is Ronald Stewart,
a live-wire Haringey member. He won't be confining his activities to south of the North Circular, though - we
can expect to see him spreading the word in Enfield too.
Nov 7, 2015
Green candidate backs 'Mini Holland' scheme in Enfield after Tories turn against it
The Green Party's local transport spokesperson Caroline Russell today expressed her support for the £42 million
"Mini Holland" scheme in Enfield, known locally as Cycle Enfield, following the decision by the borough's
Conservative opposition to oppose the project.
"Mini Holland has benefits for all residents and people working in the area who stand to gain from cleaner air,
less traffic-dominated streets, convenient crossings for walking and safe bike lanes, as well as for cyclists"
said Russell, who is also a London-wide candidate for the London Assembly, during a visit to Enfield.
"It has been great to hear from residents and shop-keepers about their concerns. Many were worried by people
cycling on pavements which would of course be unnecessary if we have a comprehensive network of safe bike lanes.
"With the recent report praising the health benefits of brisk walking, every local authority should be looking to
implement Mini Holland measures to meet their public health duty".
David Flint, Chair of Enfield Green Party, said: "The local Tory councillors' U-turn to oppose Cycle Enfield shows
panic. A few yellow posters on Green Lanes and all principle is forgotten. They should have the courage to stand
for more pleasant and liveable streets. They should recognise that everyone's health depends on using cars less,
both to clean up our air and tackle the epidemic of physical inactivity".
Caroline Russell added: "I'd be interested to know what Zac Goldsmith makes of this Tory U-turn in Enfield. I
thought he supported measures to reduce car trips, clean up our air and improve our streets".
Oct 26, 2015
Candidate selection in progress for Enfield/Haringey London Assembly constituency
Next May you will get the chance to elect both a new Mayor of London and 25 Assembly Members. 14 of those are
elected by the First Past The Post system in constituencies of either 2 or 3 London Boroughs, with
the other 11 bringing the element of proportionality through a top-up list system.
Enfield is in a 2-borough constituency with Haringey and the two Green Parties are co-operating in the selection of our
FPTP candidate. We had hoped for a contest, but in fact there is only one name on the ballot paper (plus the
ubiquitous RON: re-open nominations). He is in fact another Ron: Ronald Stewart, a Haringey member. You can see what
he has to say for himself
Enfield and Haringey members with email addresses should have already received their notification and a link to
where to cast their votes. Those without will get a paper voting slip in the next day or two. Voting closes on
Oct 23, 2015
9000 Enfield electors set to lose their votes. Are you one of them?
The way you register to vote has changed and councils all over the country have been transferring voters from the
old register to the new. The process was intended to take until December 2016, but the government has decided to
cut the process short: anybody not transferred to the new register by December 1st this year will lose their vote.
That's undemocratic enough, but it gets worse: in April, the then-existing voting registers will be used to decide
on constituency boundary changes - so areas with lots of missing voters will end up with fewer MPs as well.
The changes to bring this all about will come before the House of Commons on November 2nd, but unless enough MPs
demand one there won't even be a vote! We can hope that Enfield's three representatives will do their bit to
ensure there is one - they can sign EDM 633 - but the government has the numbers to make sure they win the vote
As of yesterday there were 9063 voters in Enfield not yet transferred to the new list. Do you think you might
be one of them? If so you can register
here to make sure you aren't disenfranchised. Tell your friends, too.
David Flint's blog for more on this subject.
Sept 23, 2015
Should we support Corbyn?
David Flint, Chair of Enfield Green Party
This has been the most exciting month! Jeremy Corbyn's election offers hope to everyone who opposes the
neoliberal delusion and the brutality of the current government.
It's exciting but is it a sea change? Is the Labour party now the right home for everyone who wants to oppose
austerity and the plundering of the planet? We can be sure that Corbyn will oppose austerity but can we be sure
that he will also defend the ecosystems on which we all depend? And if he will, can he take his party with him?
Corbyn talks the talk on sustainability but I don't think his commitment to ecological responsibility is very
deep. His paper on the economy speaks repeatedly of growth, eg "Faster growth and higher wages must be key to
bringing down the deficit." That's just not consistent with the needs to address climate change and achieve global
economic justice - aims that I'm sure he supports.
He has also suggested the
re-opening of some South Wales coal mines.
Now I know that he qualified this with
words about sustainability but it's probably the least green energy policy that I can think of. I'm sure he will
abandon it but that he should even suggest it is revealing.
And Corbyn himself
supports a second runway at Gatwick
"in the longer term".
Growth, coal and more flying are not sustainable policies.
And then there's the party. Few Labour MPs share his views. Many, even in his shadow cabinet, are committed to
quite different views. And the trade unions have generally not accepted the central green insight - that the
Earth is finite and cannot provide unlimited goods for everyone.
Corbyn can't persuade them and probably can't compromise with them. Compromise is not his strength!
Labour, even under Corbyn, is not an ecological party and is not likely to become one.
The Green Party is. With more members than ever before, it has an unprecedented opportunity to elect more
Greens to the London Assembly next May. As Darren and Jenny have shown Green AMs can promote social equality
AND ecological sustainability.
That's what London needs now.
Sept 3, 2015
We can certainly see through it
The proponents of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) like to say how transparent the process
is. But here's how it actually works:
Sept 1, 2015
Defending the Green Belt
We were happy this morning to support a protest at the proposed development of 300 homes and a school on Green Belt
land just south of Enfield Road, between Lowther Drive and Cotswold Way. The protest had been called by
Enfield Road Watch, backed by the Enfield Society and the West Enfield Residents Association, at fairly short notice
and at the unusual and unpromising hour of 9 am. That should have meant a low turnout, but the strength of local
feeling was demonstrated when over 100 people turned up! Crowded into someone's back garden so the Enfield
Independent's photographer could include a view of the land in question, our new banner on its debut stood out
nicely - see below (that photo courtesy of The Enfield Society).
Enfield Road Watch have a petition going against the development. You can sign it
June 7, 2015
Petition handed in
Way back at the St Nicholas Fair last December we started a petition to make Winchmore Hill Green a shared
space. In just one day we got 170 signatures. We carried on gathering signatures as a secondary operation
in our General Election campaign and advanced the number to 276 before the urgencies of the election took over.
After 6 months it was time to hand the thing in, and yesterday we did so, to Winchmore Hill councillor (and
petition signatory!) Dinah Barry.
In those 6 months the Quieter Neighbourhoods schemes have come to the fore in council thinking, and our
petition sits well with them - the subject was raised independently at the Fernleigh Road QN consultation.
Now it's over to the council and new Environment boss Daniel Anderson to see what they make of it.
May 15, 2015
The operation was a success but the patient died
A bittersweet election result for the Green Party: a quadrupled vote; Caroline Lucas back with a much increased
majority; 4 second places; over 100 deposits saved - but another 5 years of Tory slash-and-burn policies,
now not even with the slight encumbrance of a coalition partner.
In Enfield too our vote share went up sharply, easily overtaking the collapsing Lib Dems, but not quite
enough to get any of our deposits back. Thank you to all those who voted for us despite the pressure to hold
your nose and vote for whichever of the Big Two parties you disliked least. Now please add your voice to
the increasing calls for a fairer voting system.
You can see the detailed results on our
Meanwhile, after a brief rest it's onwards to next year's GLA elections - important ones for the Greens as
FPTP gives way to a proportional system where we can and do get members elected.
April 11, 2015
Green v Tory, Basic Income v Universal Credit
In the second of five webinar debates organised by GlobalNet21, our own David Flint took on Conservative
James Symes, candidate for Ealing South. You can listen to the one hour debate at
We think David won easily - but we would, wouldn't we?
You can also read David's opinions on the twin subjects of the debate
Next week it's Douglas Coker's turn to face Daniel Oxley, UKIP candidate for East Ham, on immigration.
April 3, 2015
Greens meet the Kurdish community - David Flint reports
The Kurdish Community Centre in Haringey has c4,000 (adult) members and serves the whole Kurdish community.
Our translator thought there were c200,000 Kurds in London - most living in the North-South strip running from
Hackney to Enfield North. He said that though the community had been close to Labour Labour had 'moved away from
them'. No detail.
The audience was c30 people - all or almost all men. The panel was Jean Lambert, Heather Finlay, Charlotte George,
Gordon Peters, Caroline Russell, Dee Searle and me.
Jean gave the opening speech about her respect for the Kurds in defying ISIS then said we candidates would
introduce ourselves and answer questions. (I got some credit for having visited Kurdish towns last year).
First question: What would the GP do to support the Kurdish struggle against ISIS? So we all looked at Jean!
Jean said that though the party was divided she favoured the supply of arms to the Kurds. I drew attention to the
poor track record of Western intervention and the value of non-military help, eg humanitarian aid, bomb disposal.
I also said that I'd support the supply of arms (though I did not mention direct military action and no-one pushed
us on that). That seemed the view of all candidates.
[Jean said later that we needed a proper internal debate on this as Caroline takes a different view.]
We agreed that the PKK should no longer be listed as a terrorist organisation (we favour abolishing the list
anyway) and that the Charity Commission should stop its politicised pestering of the community.
Other matters were less exciting. One speaker said that the fate of their fellow Kurds at the hands of ISIS was
more important to them than, eg the living wage.
There were various comments on the natural alignment of Green and Kurdish values especially love of nature.
The translator said that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were built for a Kurdish princess who missed the green
hills of home (some scholars dispute this however) showing the ancient roots of the Kurdish love of nature.
Read another report of this meeting
A useful piece of outreach to a BME community.
- Several people were complimentary about my contributions.
- We have c150 Turkish language leaflets saying Vote Green. More available if we have use for them. Each shows
pics of 9 candidates; Douglas's is rather ferocious!
- I agreed that EGP would contribute to meeting and printing costs - which should be modest.
March 23, 2015
Take back London's railways
The Green Party are today launching a petition:
For the Southern, Southeastern, and Thameslink train services to be brought under public ownership and
the management of the London Bridge Station redevelopment to be taken over by Transport for London.
press release, and you can
sign the petition here.
Maybe not of much direct relevance to us here in North London, but let's show some solidarity with our
hard-pressed Southern neighbours! Plus Finsbury Park may well be the next
London Bridge, while Govia have yet to demonstrate a track record.
Feb 27, 2015
Cycling on Green Lanes
We received an email recently from a local cyclist concerned about one of the cycling routes being proposed
for the Cycle Enfield scheme. The
reply from EGP's cycling activist David Hughes sets out EGP thinking on the subject
Feb 6, 2015
Opposing TTIP in Brussels
Enfield Green Party's Bill Linton (on the left above) joined about 130 other campaigners who travelled
to Brussels this week to take to MEPs their concerns about the appalling Transatlantic Trade & Investment
Partnership (TTIP) treaty currently being negotiated between the EU and the US. This treaty, if implemented
in its most extreme form would:
For more information on TTIP click
- Allow a Regulatory Co-operation Council to vet legislation - even before it came before Parliament -
and declare it "a barrier to trade" and hence disallowed.
- Let international companies sue governments in special, unaccountable courts for any legislation that
did get passed which reduced their profits
- Lead to the 'dumbing down' of all sorts of regulations on food standards and labelling, pollution and in
many other areas
Jan 24, 2015
Supporter (but non-member) Dr Bruce Tofield has shared with us the
letter he sent to David Burrowes MP,
asking him to oppose the clauses of the Infrastructure Bill which (insanely!) mandate the government to
maximise the extraction of fossil fuels. It's such a good letter we thought it worth being made available to a