In praise of Warren Morgan

When, a little over eighteen months ago, I moved from Brighton to Cardiff, I decided that I wouldn’t comment on Brighton and Hove politics any more; for all the attachements and friendships formed in my time as a Labour activist and council candidate in the city, the time had come to move on. However, I […]

Corbyn’s Christmas message: notes from a parallel universe

Like, I would imagine, every single other Labour Party member, I have just received an email containing a Christmas message from Jeremy Corbyn.  It is difficult to imagine a more complacent document; it almost appears to have issued from a parallel universe. Corbyn writes about how the Labour Party has signed more new members in […]

Why a Green-Plaid-SNP alliance is neither progressive nor practical

Yesterday’s Independent carried a report that the Green Party, the SNP and Plaid Cymru were in discussion about standing down candidates at the 2020 elections in order to create a “progressive alliance” to defeat the Tories. It’s a nice idea in some respects, but it doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.  To understand why, you need […]

Caroline’s cuts

Today’s Brighton and Hove Independent carries a full description of the Greens’ proposed City budget for 2015-16 – leaked in apparent breach of Council rules.  Green finance lead Ollie Sykes seeks to justify his Party’s proposed 5.9% Council Tax increase in terms of staving off the threat to services for adults with learning difficulties, voluntary […]

Caroline’s militant tendency

The rollercoaster that is Brighton and Hove Green Party politics has just taken another stomach-churning lurch.  At its General Meeting last week the Brighton and Hove Green Party passed two motions which define its approach to politics in the city in the weeks preceding the General and City Council elections. Faced with cuts in Government […]

The Green Party’s women problem

Some time ago, an American lifestyle blogger wrote that having testicles was a bit like being perpetually chained to the village idiot. I don’t remember the context, but I’m guessing he follows quite a few Greens on Twitter. It’s ironic – the Green Party is led by a woman and its only MP is a […]

Brighton’s Greens, Council Tax and a disgraceful act of moral blackmail

There’s an old political saw that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. As they come to the end of four years in office, and as they start the process of setting out their last budget, the peculiar genius of Brighton and Hove’s Green Party may well have been to turn that formulation […]