Political cults and democratic deficits

In the increasingly ill-tempered Labour leadership election, Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents are using the word “cult” more and more to describe his support.  And it’s not difficult to see why; on social media in particular some of his supporters adopt a tone of personal adulation that would make Kim Jong-Un blush.  Facts – such as the […]

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 […]

John McDonnell and the deficit 

The Guardian has reported today that John McDonnell will announce to the Labour Party conference that he will back George Osborne’s fiscal charter and support the concept of a balanced budget over the course of a Parliament. Some people – including those like Caroline Lucas whose claim to be the radical conscience of the nation […]

Brief thoughts on the Labour leadership election voter list

Predictably, the process of verifying those who have signed up to vote in the Labour leadership election has fallen into something approaching chaos.  Today’s Guardian carries letters from long-term Labour supporters and activists who have been denied votes.  Far more than the removal of high-profile comedians and public political figures, this begs huge questions over […]

Greens, Jeremy Corbyn and uniting the Left

A prominent Brighton blogger, Dani Ahrens, recently posted a piece reporting that she had signed up as a Labour supporter in order to vote for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour party leadership election – from the perspective of someone who has publicly supported the Green Party.  It’s a sentiment that closely matches comments by Caroline […]

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 […]