November 19, 2014 1 Comment
There are elements of Green Party policy that I can happily subscribe to. I consider myself a friend to the environment, and on many animal welfare issues the Greens are very close to Labour. Of course, many Greens also describe themselves as socialists. Where Labour and the Greens usually depart is on economics.
The reverse of this leaflet includes this: “… as we seek to replace the unsustainable economics of free trade and unrestricted growth with the ecological alternative of local self-reliance and resource conservation …“
I struggle to buy into this. Whilst sustainability is important, this does not preclude economic growth. I cannot imagine campaigning for a halt in improving living standards that this implies, and as an internationalist I wonder how local self-reliance fits into this. The implication is for a reduction in international trade – which suggests reduced choice if nothing else.
Simon Cross is not a fan of a fourteen-storey tower block being built on the seafront in Kursaal ward, and neither am I. He wants this site to become home to a small park, says that there are few attractive green spaces in Southend – which is not true. It is true that the town centre is less green than the outer wards, but Southend does have a number of nice parks and woods. Areas of greenery are slowly being eaten into and we should resist this where practical. I am on record as also wanting an urban wood established in the borough. However, whilst fourteen storeys is too high, it is a brownfield site and therefore should have some housing built on it.
Unfortunately Green politics is often NIMBY politics – which does nothing to address the chronic housing shortage. By all means seek green solutions wherever possible, but do not stop homes being built.