Two Es in Green ? Education and Economy – and a pot-shot at Minister Poots « Slugger O'Toole
Fascinating thread developing on Green Party in NI.
Alan in Belfast has written up an excellent precis of the Green Party conference, held today.
First of the comments is from the past leader (Brian Wilson) laying into the present leader (Stephen Agnew) complaining that his own role is being airbrushed out of the history of Green politics in NI. Let battle commence....
On a more substantive note, the party has selected its MEP candidate: Ross Brown. A former HM Treasury Economist, he is an articulate candidate.
His speech can be heard here:
I was struck by his emphasis on traditional labour values. Low pay. Workers rights. Etc.
Are the Greens trying to occupy the space that is still left vacant by the lack of a brand-Labour option?
This chimes with what Alan in Belfast notes in the thread, that a lot of emphasis was on social and economic issues, and relatively little was said about environmental issues.
Are the greens more trying to be more red than green? Are they accepting there's little interest in green issues in hard times?