On Wednesday I joined the green party. Whilst I have considered it before, it was a pretty impromptu decision made after a day in which I was reminded of my lack of proper political participation several times. I have long felt that the Greens are amazing, so at the end of that day I joined. The reasons why the Greens are amazing are numerous.
The first and foremost is there commitment to nationalisation. The greens will buy back out public transport services bit buy bit. This will provide fantastic opportunities to make these services more accessible and efficient. It seems strange that although every one of my tory friends thinks that the trains should be re-nationalised we are the only party who promises this.
I also love the green party’s prioritisation of the environment. Let’s be realistic; there is always going to be some issue, which seems more significant. We are frogs being slowly boiled (I know the guy who did that experiment lobotomised the slow boiling frogs but the point still stands) and I honestly believe that parliament, with the potential to affect policy, is the best way to do this. Imagine how far we would have come if every member of “Greenpeace” or “Friends of the Earth” were in the Green Party.
The Greens also manage to fit together environmental policy with other areas, such as a commitment to creating jobs in green industries which not only create more jobs than there unsustainable predecessors but that can continue well into the future.
The Greens recognise that austerity isn’t working. To be honest it looks to me like the Tories are just using the recession as an excuse to do things they have wanted to do for ages. Raising tuition fees. Buying n private services for the NHS. Putting a means test on legal aid. The Labour Party lost all the remaining drops of respect that I had for them when they endorsed austerity. Austerity is not working. Maybe the economy has improved slightly, but food bank use is still on the rise, this “growth” has not reached those who need it most.
The Greens not only care about liberation issues but have put theory into practice, having more women in their leadership than any other party that I know of.
So overall I have joined the Greens because they care about the planet and the people. The greens are committed to building an economy, which will be sustainable into the future. Do I agree with every single thing, which the Greens stand for? No there policies on GMOs are not ideal. But I have joined because on a basic level the greens stand for fairness and Fair Is Worth Fighting For.