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Comment - Policy Miscellany

What is Green politics? by David Flint

The Green Party has good policies - policies the country needs - but is the Green Party just another technocrat party? One uncontaminated by corruption and fear of the Murdoch press? That would make it the best party!

But I don't think we are a technocrat party.

At the heart of Green politics is our concern to preserve the natural world - the rich variety of plants, animals and habitats provided by half a billion years of evolution. And we share this concern with many traditional Conservatives. We also share with Conservatives an appreciation of markets - regulated markets of course - as a way of fostering innovation and avoiding Big Brother. But the Conservative Party is now run by market fundamentalists - neoliberal extremists who think society needs no relationships that are not commercial. It's also a mouthpiece for businesses that destroy not only the natural world but the social world in which we live. So we cannot be Conservatives.

And preserving is not enough. Greens want to see a better world which is necessarily a different world. We believe in peace, democracy, the welfare state and the value of public institutions, especially schools - commitments we share with the political Left. But the Labour Party forgot these commitments under Blair and Miliband has yet to restore them. Whilst beyond the Labour Party we see a variety of Marxist sects - committed to obsolete ideologies and their own holy books. So we cannot be a Marxist sect.

So the Green Party shares values with both Right and Left. Are we then a party of the middle ground? Liberals with principles?

Again no. Green politics is about power - all politics is - but it is not FOR power. We are not advocates for landowners, businesses or even the working class. Our ultimate focus is not on relations between people. Instead Green politics exists to establish a new balance between human society and the rest of the natural world. As Greens we see humanity as one species - but a species whose very success requires it to confront unprecedented responsibilities for its own future and that of the living planet. We MUST create a world which contains fewer people making fewer demands on the natural world. We need to leave room for nature - for the wild animals that inspire us, the glaciers that feed the great rivers of Asia, the ocean life that absorbs our CO2, and more. Too much more to say.

That is the core of Green politics and the new thing we bring to human politics.

First published in the EGP members newsletter, July 2014

Published and promoted by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13 4AJ