Earlier this month a spate of terrifying violence and disorder erupted on to our streets. Communities were terrorised, individuals attacked and city centres trashed. Horrendous images on our TV screens of burning buildings and mindless looting created a climate of fear in which people were scared to leave their homes – and in which public trust in the capacity of our police force to respond effectively was shaken.Oh woe, woe and thrice woe!
The Green party unequivocally condemns the violence and vandalism which has left indelible scars on families, businesses and urban environments across England.You just know there’s a ‘but’ coming, don’t you?
As a political party we believe it is crucially important for the fabric of UK society that the government and the police strike a balance between keeping our streets safe and upholding the hard-won civil liberties of our citizens.Well, yes. That’s not really a controversial view, is it?
… we are concerned that Cameron's encouragement of draconian punishments will undermine respect for the law. The harsh sentencing of riot perpetrators to "set an example" is overtly political and wholly misguided.
The varying sentences given out so far reveal serious inconsistencies and an alarming lack of proportionality.Ah. Right. I see where we’re going with this. Although it would be churlish to point out that, if the law were not so lax other times, these punishments wouldn't be seen as so disproportionate...
The Greens also completely oppose withdrawing benefits from those linked to the events, and the eviction of families from state-supported housing. Such measures will only exacerbate existing problems of poverty and alienation – cutting off ever further those who we must seek to bring closer.Yes, it’s clearly ‘poverty’ that makes people steal, riot and set fire to buildings.
Ultimately, underpinning any analysis of the riots should be a recognition of the deep inequality that lies at the heart of British society.What ‘inequality’?
So too should we understand the effects of a consumer culture that promotes endless material accumulation, an aggressive sense of entitlement and a demoralising level of status anxiety.Translation: ‘We’re just helpless slaves in the hands of the eeeeeeeevil Big Business!’.
In focusing on long-term solutions, the government must show it is willing to address the shocking level of inequality that exists in our country. Research by Unicef suggests that the UK is one of the worst places to live as a child or teenager in the developed world – largely thanks to the growing gulf between the haves and have-nots.That ‘gulf’ not being lack of food or dwellings, but iPods, the latest trainers and flat-screen TVs.
We need policies to create a more equal society.I note you haven’t advanced any in this little polemic.
We also continue our call for government investment in the clean industries of the future, to create millions of new green jobs and help our transition towards a greener future.Aaah, yes, there is is, the money shot. The Green agenda, and Caroline and Jenny won't point out to you that it just doesn't work!
And we demand bold measures to tackle the scourge of tax evasion and avoidance which allows those at the top of society to loot the public purse with impunity.Funny you are writing this in the ‘Guardian’ then, isn’t it?
Oh, and just to cap it all, they extol the virtues of the anti-gang initiative in Glasgow, brought in under the auspices of the front-runner for the top Met job:
…to tackle the gang culture which blights our inner cities, the Greens propose the introduction of Community Initiatives to Reduce Violence (CIRVs) based on the successful model we have seen in Glasgow.Well, Inspector Gadget has a few words to say about the reality of that, as opposed to the shiny, well-spun PR puff pieces released to the media…
What about the civil liberties of poor people who have to support wealthy landowners via higher electricity bills to allow windmills on their land ? Call me Dave's father in law trousers £350k a year of our taxes to allow 6 windmills on his land. Oh and there's no one to vote for who will stop this theft because all the parties support the global warming scam.
"in the ‘Guardian’ "
That's where i stopped reading. Right there.
Anyone that *cough* News *cough* paper gives 'air time' to is probably not worth the 5 minutes of my life to read.
They love punitive measures such as fining people hundreds of pounds for putting their rubbish out on the wrong day, of course.
As for shameless looting of public funds, subsidies for 'green' technologies wins best in show.
I don't suppose she's talking about the inequality thet some people get tax money hosed at them for nothing and the rest of us (including the low paid) have to provide the water for said hose.
No of course not, she just wants a bigger hose!
Caroline Clueless talks through her vacuole. Again.
But then, you must expect this sort of thing when you vote a protozoan parasite into office.
This charity worker is looting us legally. Paid more than the PM to run a concert hall. £150K a year plus exes...
I know Doctor Lucas won't tell me, but does anyone know what those "millions of green jobs" are? Can I get a break down into professional, technical, administrative, general support, salaried, hourly-paid and so on - and more importantly if any of them are real jobs in gainful employment, as we used to say - or just another way of wasting taxpyers' money?
Click on the link .. then click on "Jenny Jones" ..
CAUTION .. best do this before having your evening meal !!!
"...we are concerned that Cameron's encouragement of draconian punishments will undermine respect for the law".
I might send this to Websters as it's a classic example of the other meaning of 'Green'.
"The Greens also completely oppose withdrawing benefits from those linked to the events, and the eviction of families from state-supported housing."
Yes indeed, what would their state funded army of dole-ites and SwampRastas do if their bennies were to be cut ?
Get your loved one a Jenny Jones facemask for Christmas :
Anonymous said ...
"Get your loved one a Jenny Jones facemask for Christmas" ..
There's Halloween to come first .. ;)
'Green' jobs (and any job-creation effort that is not explicitly market-directed) are not merely useless - they are actively destructive of wealth. That is, to cast it in words that even Caroline Lucas might vaguely understand through the fog of her grotesque mental impairment: it makes people poorer.
"What about the civil liberties of poor people who have to support wealthy landowners via higher electricity bills to allow windmills on their land ? "
"No of course not, she just wants a bigger hose!"
You can buy special 'equipment' off the web for that, I hear... ;)
"This charity worker is looting us legally."
The imminent return of the Fakecharities site will be welcome...
"I know Doctor Lucas won't tell me, but does anyone know what those "millions of green jobs" are? "
I've never seen a breakdown. It does seem to mean a lot of publicity and buffets at No 10 for the likes of Lucas and Jones, though. But that's it...
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