More than 10 years ago I decided not to join the Ecology Party, because I anticipated that as soon as it became influential the other main parties would claim to be true green as well, and so the Green Party would never become an established force. And so it has turned out.
The failure of the Green Party reflects not so much the bankruptcy of the greens as the bankruptcy of the political system so smugly admired by the establishment of this country, founded on superficial, pretentious election campaigning, and idiotic questions on the ballot paper, presented to voters with minimal incentive to examine the issues with the thoroughness they require. We will not have competent government in Britain and the other so-called democracies until we change to selecting decision-makers in an appropriate way, such as random selection with perhaps some supplementation of relatively talented or expert persons.
ROBIN P. CLARKE
11 SeptemberReuse content