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Why Vote Green

Jon Cousins was asked by the Weston & Somerset Mercury to make a very short elevator pitch video about ‘why vote Green’.
The video will be on the papers website, and we will update this post when we have a link to that. Meanwhile here is Jon:

It is also available on Youtube.

 

Jon Cousins is one of Glastonbury’s Green Town Councillors, Chair of Glastonbury Town Hall, and Prospective Green MP for Wells. A seasoned community activist, organiser, and green campaigner, he currently works with the co-operative movement in the UK and Europe.

Vote Tessa get Tory

torytessaA reponse to the LibDem election literature

I became a member of the Ecology Party in the early 1980s, I have voted Ecology or Green at every election since.

There is one exception to this. In the last General Election, I voted for the first time tactically. I wanted to get rid of the Tory – so I, like many other Greens – voted for Tessa Munt. Imagine my joy when she was elected as the Wells MP… At last a ‘Liberal Green’ !

Imagine my horror, as I watched her voting record in the Commons… She voted for things I would have voted against; she voted against things I would have voted for… She sided with the Conservatives on all the majority of divisions; staying away on important ‘green’ votes… even voting ‘pro-fracking’ on the second reading of the Infrastructure Bill as recently as 8th December 2014 – to “enable the extraction of petroleum and geothermal energy from land at a depth of at least 300 metres below the surface without the permission of the landowner

Indeed, Tessa Munt has hardly ever rebelled against the government in this parliament – I might as well have voted Tory… I would have got the same MP.

Now Tessa has the gall to say in her election blurb that a Green Party vote only helps the Conservatives… I would suggest that voting Tessa is exactly the same as voting Conservative.

She also suggests that the Green Party are directing their activists elsewhere as “they know they can’t win” in Wells… I suggest she takes a visit to Wells or Glastonbury on a Saturday morning – she’ll discover that the Green activists are alive and well, and out in force.

I, for one, will never tactically vote again. Indeed, the time for tactical voting is over – for voting ‘against’ what we don’t like! Now is the time to vote with your heart for what you truly believe in! I, for one, will be voting Green… Will you?

Jon Cousins

Jon Cousins is one of Glastonbury’s Green Town Councillors, Chair of Glastonbury Town Hall, and Prospective Green MP for Wells. A seasoned community activist, organiser, and green campaigner, he currently works with the co-operative movement in the UK and Europe.

Citizens’ Income

A letter from Lyn Lovell to the Central Somerset Gazette 26-03-2015

In your last issue, Malcolm Burton pours scorn on the Green Party policy of Citizens’ Income. He says it would go down well with the feckless and indolent and why wouldn’t we all become feckless and indolent?

Well, for a start, I’m quite sure that Malcolm Burton would not be content to live on an income that catered only to his basic needs! But actually, these feckless and indolent people would be much more likely to supplement their income by WORK if they were not caught in the “benefits trap”. We all know that currently, if you get paid work, you lose your benefits and even if you are a bit better off financially at the end of the day, you have to work such long hours on minimum wage that you have no time for having a life. No time to enjoy yourself, no time to spend with your family, no time to be creative in any way. Most people are enslaved by this system which requires us to put our lives at someone else’s disposal.

If people didn’t HAVE to work in a factory or a supermarket etc for peanuts, then maybe the employers would have to pay a bit more to entice them. Especially for the Very Horrible Jobs! And if they had the Citizens’ Income as well, then they could work say, 15-20 hours a week so that they could still have a life. Of course, more people could then have jobs. Share the work and share the pay. People could then find work that suited them rather than becoming a cog in the slavery machine. Jon Cousins wrote very eloquently about this in your issue of March 12th. And maybe we should be grateful that there are those who are content to live on a very low income, because they free up jobs for the rest. Usually they also work, although they may not get paid for it. Very few people actually do nothing. It’s boring.

Then there is the issue of the “magic money tree”. Obviously there will be people who will object that universal benefits such as these cost too much and give money to those who do not need it. It is surely not beyond the wit of financial wizards for taxes to be adjusted to ensure that most of the extra outlay would be clawed back. Initially everyone could end up getting exactly what they get now. Gradually the minimum might be increased, though that might not be necessary if people could supplement their basic income with legal work. Administrative savings would be huge of course, including all the snooping and legal costs.

Another interesting possibility is that a good proportion, perhaps half, of the Citizens’ Income could be paid in Local Currency, such as the Bristol Pound. If local taxes can be paid in local currency (as in Bristol) then local businesses would have no objection to receiving local currency in payment. Possibly globalized companies with international shareholders to consider might not be keen, but surely that would be all to the good. The money would stay in the local community and circulate there, producing advantages all round – and the Government could save half their benefits bill.

So there are many advantages to the Citizens’ Income. Do not dismiss it out hand. Think about it!
After all, every human being has the right to food and shelter without having to grovel or live in fear.

Lyn Lovell
BA6 8HN

Hustings Friday 27th March

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Upcoming Events

Please note that *meetings* are for Green Party members only unless otherwise stated. Everyone is more than welcome to join in our fundraising activities. Where we will have fun!

Glastonbury Greens Weekly Meeting
Thursday 26th March, 7pm
The Avalon Centre, 1 King St, Glastonbury

Wells Green Group Inaugral Meeting
Saturday 28th March, 9:30am – 10:30am
Ustairs at Pickwicks (Broad Street, Wells)

West Mendip Green Party Monthly Meeting
Wednesday 8th April, 7pm
The Council Chamber, Glastonbury Town Hall

Green Cabaret Fundraiser
Thursday 9th April 7.30pm – 11pm
Red Brick Building, Glastonbury

Green Jumble Sale
Saturday 11th April 1pm – 4pm
Wells Little Theatre

Fundraising evening
Saturday 18th April
Bridie’s Yard, Glastonbury
Details to follow.

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Welcome

The West Mendip Green Party covers most of the Wells and some of the Somerton & Frome Parliamentary Constituencies. We have four Town Councillors in Glastonbury, one in Wells and one in Shepton Mallet. We hope to increase that number on May 7th.

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We will have candidates standing for election for Town Councils, Mendip District Council and, for the first time, a Parliamentary candidate for the Wells constituency.

 

jon_cousinsJon Cousins

Prospective MP for Wells; Glastonbury Town Councillor for the St. Edmunds’ ward. One of the Glastonbury Green Four.

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