The Greens' real problem is that we cannot get our message out. We find that the press is willing to pick our brains but unwilling to give our ideas an airing. It was with bitter laughter that we saw the Green/Plaid Cymru Energy Conservation Bill ascribed to the Liberal Democrats.
We are consistently 10 years ahead of every other party in our thinking. Look at the following ideas, just on the brink of becoming politically mainstream. They have long been Green Party policies:
the promotion of public transport instead of motorways;
conversion of the arms industry to civilian production;
a social wage instead of DSS allowances; this should also be paid to farmers instead of environmentally disastrous production subsidies;
the strengthening of regional government as opposed to the centralising tendencies of Whitehall and Brussels.
Geoffrey Lean says we are not in favour of economic growth. We are certainly not in favour of supposedly 'sustainable' economic growth that pulls in increasing quantities of natural resources and creates greater levels of pollution in the satisfaction of artificially created demand. We are not in favour of an economic growth that is the very source and
engine of global environmental decline.
We are in favour of a massive growth in the environmental industry, dedicated to the healing, preservation and proper stewardship of the
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