Showing posts from November, 2007

The Great Green Leader Vote

Here in the 'bat cave', its an anxious day, will the Green Party members vote to get rid of the post of Principal Speaker and wanting a bit more chavismo or chavisma in the Party replace it with 'El Jefe' or 'La Jefa'?

Well I am a bit self interested here....but I think it is easy to garner support for a proposal which, to my mind, is 'simple, neat and wrong' any way its up to the Party members, so I will see what they decide today. My party right or wrong as they say.

However, you know you must be doing something right if there is a whole Guardian leader calling for the abolition of your position. 'Is it cos I is left' one has to wonder.

However come what may I will keep on speaking out for radical green politics, I think given the choice of being leader and spending more time with my vegetables, its going to be quality time with the carrots and onions. I think a leader would confuse the PR role which I like, with the having responsibility for e…

CIA plan attack on Venezuela during referendum

Operation Tenaza is a very alarming plan that aims to destabilize
Venezuela and overthrow (again) its legitimate and democratic (and very
popularly support) president. The plan will fail, primarily because it has
been discovered, but it must be denounced around the world as an
unacceptable violation of Venezuela's sovereignty.

US foreign policy involves psyops....all the secret stuff to destablise opponents, well described in fiction by 'A Very British Coup', well know from many examples, may be it stretchs to splitting left parties and movements in the UK, haven't got the evidence and the left seems quite good at splitting on own but Britain is runway uno for the US military, a useful military keeping domestic opposition divided would be useful.

Also strong link between the Atlanticist Social Democrat Party and right wing old labour from the US

On this area in a British context have a look at 'Notes from the Borderland'

Mullin notes in a Guardian article lo…

the arts, and all things in common

Blake day today and yes he was an ecosocialist, part of our legacy of militants, so there.

Robin Tanner the master etcher, who infact taught in a school in Chippenham, was it Frogwell when John Rees was there, claimed to be an etcher not a painter because it was a socialist art, you could keep making more.

Here from favourite non secular Marxist is the original vision, loving ripped off from the Guardian.


The original political vision: sex, art and transformation

Dissent and emancipation were holy for William Blake. He could teach our prime minister so much about how to be radical

Terry Eagleton
Wednesday November 28, 2007
The Guardian

'Everything as it is, infinite' ... detail from The Good and Evil Angels

One reason Gordon Brown gave for not holding an election was to have time to roll out his vision. It is not a meaning of the word that Britain's greatest revolutionary poet would have recognised; W…

Best Bolivarian wishes

Hi everyone! First of all, a big thank you to everyone who attended our nationalconference on Saturday and helped make the day such a great success! Areport of the day can be found

HOV London's weekly meeting will be at the usual time and place tomorrow(Wednesday 28th, 7pm, NUJ offices, 308 Gray's Inn Road, King's Cross).

Before that, Movimientos is back at the Notting Hill Arts Club tonight(Tuesday) with the usual mix of revolutionary films and music, this monthfocusing on oppression in Oaxaca. 6pm–2am, Notting Hill Arts Club, 21Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ , £5 (£3 before 8, £6 after 11).

Labour MP John McDonnell has raised a parliamentary motion on the subjectof constitutional reform in Venezuela. The Early Day Motion (EDM) welcomes "the advances made by the Venezuelan people since the election ofPresident Ch├ívez in 1998, particularly in the fields of healthcare,education, land reform and …

More on John Rees

For the reader who wants an introduction to the history of dialectical thought in the socialist movement, and especially the thorny issue of the Nature and Human interelationship, the only work that is both readable and not over-simplified is The Algebra of Revolution: The Dialectic and the Classical Marxist Tradition by John Rees (Routledge, 1998). argued Walt in US Green Party newsletter here.

Well as I say, I was amazed, it seemed so unlikely a coincidence to bump into him on a fairly empty 9.56 pm train between Bath and Chippenham and to find we were both Corsham/Chippenham lads. He told me about a guy in Stop the War from Chippenham as well and noted 'Jeremy Corbyn went to school in Chippenham, the catholic one'....those from a revolutionery tradition went to Frogwell school, social democrats down the road....

He was very nice about my speech and we had a laugh about the incident where the Greens were criticised but kept off of the RESPECT conferences.

Did mention that I e…

Bush boy kicked out of government in Australia

John Howard has been booted out, some of you know I have working quite hard to get rid of him this week, via da web rather than jetting off to campaign in person in Melbourne.

Greens look likely to make gains...however will Australian Labour be New Labour, probably but with a green shove they may even close the pulp mill plan in Tasmania.

Just shows it is worth fighting on the electoral all of you who spread the word, especially Martin and Michelle's Aus Green Party campaigners in London, well done!

More here

No platform for anti-semites, racists and homophobes

Demonstrate Monday 26th November, 7pm Anti-fascist protest against Nick Griffin and David Irving, Oxford Union, off Cornmarket

"We are shocked and angry that the Oxford Union still intends to invite the fascist leader of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, and the holocaust denier, David Irving, to address the union on 26th November."
Stated Phelim Mac Cafferty on behalf of the Green Party LGBT Group.

"Nick Griffin has a 1998 conviction for incitement to racial hatred for material denying the Holocaust. Nick Griffin is the leader of the fascist BNP, a violent organization spreading the filth of race lies and homophobia.

"David Irving was described by a judge as "a racist, an anti-Semite and an active Holocaust denier" in 2000. This related to when he took the American academic, Deborah Lipstadt, to court for libel after she branded him a 'Holocaust denier' in her book. He lost the case and paid
£3 million pounds damages.

"It is a fact that wh…

Reject the Deal

This is basic green politics, not just an issue for those who are green left, the post office is being dismembered essentially privatised....competition means post office closures, more carbon miles for a worse service.

Its a consumer issue already one delivery a day, no sunday service....modern capitalist economy making the service thin so the fat cats can become fatter.

Here is the material on a no vote from the if you are a Green Party postie....two 'no' votes for you this week!...its pretty shite for pay and conditions...

here is some stuff from CWU rank and filers...on the standard reasons for rejection of the ballot from a trade union grassroots perspective....unity amongst the awkward squad!

site here

“There needs to be a broad based campaign to reject the Deal” - Dave Warren interview
Posted on November 1, 2007 by cwurankandfile

“There needs to be a broad based campaign to reject the Deal”
Interview with Dave Warren, PEC member of the CWU

CWU – Royal mail “deal”: T…

Green Party elects new leader

Well I was a sceptic, I was wrong, indeed the right kind of leader will boost our media profile.


Ali versus Read on the leader

Wittgenstein's friend versus 'floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee' a well matched contest.


well another weekend some more conference action, I support both Venezuela Information Centre and Hands off Venezuela and Venezuela Solidarity and v Sol in case you are asking.

see some of you tomorrow, the god of trains permitting....more from HOV here

NEWS: Green Party in England & Wales


Green Party Principal Speaker Dr Derek Wall will this weekend address
the third annual conference of the 'Hands Off Venezuela' Campaign. (1)

The conference will take place on Saturday 24th November at the
University London Union, Malet Street, London WC1, from 9.45am to

Speaking in advance of the event, Derek said:

"I will be speaking at the Hands Off Venezuela national conference to
celeberate the positive achievements of the Venezuelan government in
promoting social justice, participatory democracy and environmental

"In large part due to the efforts of Venezuelans, Latin America…

I went to school with John Rees

I had this bizarre premonition that I would bump into John Rees and got on the train at Bath Spa found him whizzing towards Chippenham to visit his mum!

We both went to Frogwell School, I think possibly even at the same time! How bizarre!

More on this tomorrow!

I was back from Frome Green Party, how bizarre.

Never thought Marxists came from Wiltshire...other than Andy Newman ofcourse.

Spooky! Had a very pleasant conversation with him...more tomorrow on this....

Green politics in a cold climate

I think some of my annoyance with the leader question is the astrategic nature of it.

I don't see this as a serious issue when it comes to strategy and certainly see a danger of eco being replaced by ego.

Green political strategy is important.

Coalitions are problematic, the media is dominated by corporate interests, the US views the Uk as a minor client state...all problems for green politic change.

Green Parties have tended in 'power' to become far from ambitious....Rudolf Bahro talked about 'cleaning the dragons breadth' not taking on the dragon.

The left in Britain are very very divided and beneath their arguments obviously have not constructed winning strategies.

How do we make radical green ideas hegemonic i.e. make them the common sense.

I can play low level ideological warfare as PS and via letters, blogs, talking to local groups and yes both greens and left are thinking more green and left. short how do you build radical politics in a cold climate, that o…

John Howard would invade Norway if Bush asked!

The Australian answer to George Bush is on electoral trial, so it's time to get all your Aussie mates down to Australia House this week where they can vote. John Howard has supported the war in Iraq and would quite happily invade Iran or even Norway if Bush told him. He has famously played the race card at successive elections to stay in power. His environmental record sucks. The Murray-Darling river system is drying up and even the breweries have been told to use recycled water to produce Australia's most famous export after Kylie and Rolf Harris, the "tinnie". Yet despite the threat of global warming, Howard's government until recently has been fighting the Kyoto agreement tooth and nail.

More here

Brown on climate change

A BBC report here.

I am very sceptical of the climate bill and the cuts, too late too late, also very market based, we buy and sell the right to pollute...the clean development mechanism has huge potential for fraud.

Also we need to put the structures in place so we can all go green without pain. I am woken up by Heathrow jets, I have problems getting around in Berkshire cos of poor public transport...a cycle ride into my nearest town Windsor, either involves long detour or a brush with death down the hill.

Rainforests and other carbon sinks are still under threat.

Carbon policy makers are in market based denial.

lets all support the 8th December march and build the Green Party into a serious force and go on next year's climate camp.

More from me here.

Lucha Indigena last Hugo Blancos newspapers goes mundial

Hugo Blanco's indigenous struggle newspaper online....if you read spanish spread the word. leer here

Top story on the IPCC report. ' ¡EL CAPITAL MATA AL MUNDO ACELERADAMENTE!' which is depressingly true and what I told two RESPECT conferences yesterday.

Here in the UK the closest we have to Blanco's paper is of course Schnews.

Green politics people have got to think less as if they are ngos and more like they are political organisations ruthlessly focussed on changing the world so we have a world!

Shallow personality and career politics, no thanks...I am sticking with the Lucha Indigena.

Viva Hugo Blanco!

Two RESPECT conferences hear Dr Wall

What a surreal day. The bit which was most surreal was vigorously clapping a speech by Tower Hamlets Councillor Rania Khan attacking me. It is polite to clap, even when one is being slated.

I get lots of invites from other political parties, I have even spoken to my local Tories in Berkshire, certainly I have talked to every socialist group you can think of, once did a speech in defence of Mumia Abu-Jamal at a Spartacist rally (in an official Green Party capacity). So today, I spoke to both RESPECT conferences. I even heard Andrew Murray of the Stop the War coalition deliver the same speech twice. And yes I bumped into friends at both conferences. Very bizarre. I think that within political parties bitter disputes are almost universal but this is a particularly bitter one, certainly heard criticism of the other side at both.

Both talked much of the values I espouse as a green...peace, justice, environment. Same leaflets and literature at both.

It was a great opportunity to have a…

For the indigenous

Across Latin America the indigenous people are driving the Green movement, viva Hugo blanco, etc.

Interesting to see the Australian Green Party which is working hard towards the 24th November General Election, where hopefully they can help boot out that neo-con Howard who has milked racist fears to keep in are some of the Greens manifesto commitments to Torres Strait Islanders and aboriginal people across Australia.

I do like Bob Brown's little web speech against 'mega tax cuts for the rich' for social services, for real action on climate change....I would not start with 'g'day' though! Seriously great stuff

The Australian Greens want:
a treaty that recognises the prior occupation and sovereignty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be enshrined in the constitution.
equality of access to essential services and development opportunities within a decade.
equality of outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on all major …

At 3.30 P.M. this Friday, 16th November, at the Australian High Commission in the Strand, there will be a protest at the Australain Governments decision to build a damaging and controvertial new pulp mill in Northern Tasmania.

As Australians in London come to the High Commission to lodge their votes for the current Australian Federal Elections, protesters hope to be able to highlight what is happening down under so that people can make an informed choice at the ballot box.

This proposed "World's best practice" mill will consume up to 6 million tons of high conservation value ancient old growth forest a year to feed the mill. The plant will emit 10 million tons of CO2 a year and discharge 64,000 tons of toxic effluent into the sea every day.

Tasmania only has 13% of its old growth forest left due to industrial scale forestry operations, particularly in the last 50 years. Licences have already been issued …

Power, politics and change in Caracas

Went along to an excellent meeting at SOAS for Greg Wilpert's launch of his book 'Changing Venezuela by Taking Power'. This was organised by the ever effecient Pablo Navarrete.

Pablo runs a very useful Venezuela blog at Red Pepper.

Greg edits Venezuela Analysis the main source of information on this astonishing country which is going through rapid social change.

The new Ambassador Samuel Moncada also put in an appearance, I have had people for weeks saying 'there is a new Ambassador, Derek, you will really like him!' I liked Toro Hardy cos he looked like Simon Boliver on the cigars called 'bolivars' but the new guy seems great, very political, dynamic and grassroots...I think he will be doing a lot more out reach so look out for him.

Greg said that as a sociologist working at a Caracas University he had not been that interested in the situation until the 2002 coup but the amount of disinformation in the international press made him interested.

'We all kn…
Every night seems to be another night with the new Venezuelan Ambassador, just back from an excellent meeting with Venezuela Analysis editor Greg Wilpert who was very candid about what is right and wrong with the Bolivarian revolution, full report fingers crossed tomorrow...still challenging those who want to reduce magnificant green politics to the usual UK conventional politics dross of career politics, image and ignorance! thus this item....if you support my stance the bear unfortunately gets it.

"Far from being 'leaderless' the Green Party is run by an executive elected by the members, has a conference which decides policy and has two principal speakers who put forward policy to the public. This level of democracy and accountability is unusual for a British political party but this is no reason to reject a model that gives members power. I am calling on Green Party members to defend our unique form of internal democracy by voting NO in the leader ballot." Derek …

Vote for leader or we kill the bear

this does seem to sum up the argument, to proctect the environment we need 'a leader'.

I am not convinced I don't this is a serious strategic argument and instead the leader will be in danger of thinking more about career and fame than the bears!

Realo ism is pretty unrealistic.

We need to improve the Green Party but one leader is just magickal thinking, although the media will love the conflict created by battles to be the new Richard III (or Ming) and will be able to focus on personalities rather than ideas (like bear conservation).

sign the no single leader petition here.

My thoughts in the Guardian

Dear Editor,

Far from being 'leaderless' ( Letters, Tuesday November 6, 2007) the Green Party is run by an executive elected by the members, has a conference which decides policy and has two principal speakers who put forward policy to the public. This level of democracy and accountability is unusual for a British political party but this is no reason to reject a model th…

Why I love Amartya Sen

The Realos take over from the Fundis, and the one-time soixante-huitard peaceniks end up cheerleading Nato bombing campaigns from the comfort of their ministerial limos. argues Dave Osler, provocative in a week when we are voting on whether to have a more 'realistic' structure for the Green Party with one ring to rule us all!

Natalie Bennett mentioned the new liberal conspiracy blog to me at Green Party Executive the other weekend...not being a market liberal it is not quite my thing. Capitalism is not my thing but I don't see socialism as top down. But hey left of centre is better than the other side and the name should wind up the USA right...

Markets rest on enclosure and what could be less free than a fence. Marxism to me is that access to the commons, so I have many vigorous debates with Marxists (I think they sometimes miss the central and rather libertarian bits of Marx's economics) and liberal economists (who forget the conventional economics is far from free).

Greens in the Venezuelan Revolution

Faced with this situation, we – the indigenous peoples and humble and honest inhabitants of this planet – believe that the time has come to put a stop to this, in order to rediscover our roots, with respect for Mother Earth; with the Pachamama as we call it in the Andes. Today, the indigenous peoples of Latin America and the world have been called upon by history to convert ourselves into the vanguard of the struggle to defend nature and life.

“I believe the phrase of Karl Marx is more relevant today than ever before, so the question is: socialism or death, but death of the human race, the death of the planet, because capitalism has abandoned the planet, it is destroying the ecology of the planet”, stated Chavez. “We must raise up a new banner of socialism, a new way for the 21st century, the building of a firm movement of real socialism on the planet.”

“We want a new socialism”, but not one that copies the serious errors of the 20th century models”

Lets face it the serious work is going…

Recession peak oil catastrophe hope!

Very exciting day, Sarah and I met with various Venezuelan ecosocialists including our amigo Cesar Aponte who works for the ministry of environment.

Seems to be quite an impressive green current building ecosocialism in the Venezuelan United Socialist Party. Excellent, really takes my mind off of UK politics which does not always inspire. I am not encouraging them to fly, a good meeting at the VIC conference but I think the email can take the strain!

had this from the great Will Brown, a friend from Bristol. Please go and see what he has to say, we have to build from the grassroots and economics is vital.

on sunday 25th november i'm running a workshop on 'the forthcoming recession, peak oil and global warming' during transitionbristol's big event at the Bristol council house. The day will include a number of high profile speakers and loads of workshops. For more details see

my talk will touch on

current situation: U.S. housing crash, British…


NEWS: Green Party in England & Wales


Tesco has applied to Harrogate Council for permission to build a 108,300 sq ft superstore with 530 parking spaces and a recycling centre on 8.6 acres at the junction of Ripon Road and Skipton Road.Harrogate Council intends to hold a special meeting of its planning committee on November 27 to consider Tesco's application.

Green Party Principal Speaker Derek Wall has thrown his weight behind the campaign to keep Tesco's out of Harrogate. He said: "Harrogate is a special part of Britain! It is one of only four places in the UK not to have been colonised by Tescos - the others are the Shetlands, Orkney and the Outer Hebrides. Tescopoly is destroying the diversity of our once beautiful high streets and locking us into unsustainable patterns of consumption. Local shops, owned and run by local people a…

Defend Karen Reissmann

had this from Paul Cooney who does a lot of important trade union work and is a Green Party candidate, please take up his call to support Karen.

It is vital that we GPTU activists not only are behind Karen in this
struggle but that we are also seen to be playing an active part. I call upon
all of you to pledge your own (and your branch's) support for Karen. It is
scandalous that speaking out for services is deemed not only to be bringing
your employer into disrepute, but is also a dismissable offence. I do speak
out in public fora against cuts in services, not just because it's the right
thing to do but also because it is a key role of any TU Officer. Karen is
acting for all of us in this matter and truly deserves our support. Her
branch is solidly behind the strike action which began yesterday.

It is important that donations flood in from Branches and individuals to
sustain the action.
There is a solidarity rally next Wednesday 14th Nov at 7pm in Manchester and
a Demo in Manchester Peace …

No to Evangelical Alliance, Dr Joel Edwards appointment


Greens question appointment of Dr Joel Edwards to Commission
Greens assert that Commission should uphold the equality of the LGBT Communities


In a letter written today to the Chair of the new Equalities and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips, the LGBT Group of the Green Party and the Green Party’s Principal Speakers, have asserted that the new Commission should explicitly uphold the equality of the LGBT Communities at its centre.

“There should be no get-out clauses for homophobes who want to sit on the Commission which is purportedly about helping to secure delivery of equality for our communities.” Stated Phelim Mac Cafferty, on behalf of the Green Party LGBT Group.

“If the new Commission is to harness the trust of the LGBT communities, the Chair of the Commission, Trevor Phillips, must re-examine Dr Joel Edwards appointment. I encourage everyone who doesn’t want a homophobe on the EHRC to email Trevo…

Jonathon Porritt argues that he should fly to save planet

The people who really get on my nerves are so-called greens who fly. Jonathan Porritt, ex-Director of Friends of the Earth and Blair's "Sustainability Czar", claims to have taken 42 flights in the last year. If I were to fly anyway to escape the rain this summer, I would (rightly) be in very deep trouble with the Green party and its voters.

argued Dr Wall a while back.

Porritt today argues that the Green Party should go for a single leader in the Guardian, he argues that it was right for him to fly around the world spreading the Green leadership message....I think he has got it wrong on both counts.

Green Party does need strong organisation and speakers but calling for traditional top down leaders will lead to the slide into egotism and generally crazyness, eventually the 'leaders' will justify flying around the world to spread their no flying message.

This is from his blog

Do I feel guilty about all that? Absolutely not. Do I feel responsible for making sure that de…

Against Xenophobia in Italy

Commenting on events in Italy, where a rising tide of xenophobia has engulfed the nation following the murder of an Italian citizen by a Romanian Roma, Male Principal Speaker, Derek Wall said:

“The crime of one person cannot be visited upon a whole nationality and one group, in this case the Roma. The Greens, who have stood for open borders and the free movement of people in Europe must oppose all signs of xenophobia and racism and this new law in Italy shows all the symptoms of being a knee jerk reaction to the mob. The historical persecution of the Roma people in Europe is widespread but to see it sanctioned by the state in one of Europe’s leading democracies is a grave cause for concern and makes me very anxious about the new fortress Europe which we are constructing. The Green Party condemns this action which is scapegoating one nationality and allowing the EU to decide on different levels of citizenship within its borders. Even more dangerously, it is encouraging the Far Right acr…