I believe in the European Union. No, it is not perfect.
Like most centres of power, the European Union works in the interests of huge corporations – not people.
However, when it comes to working rights and eco-legislation, Europe has been a friend to me.
When it comes to real food, two more examples:
- EU regulations for organic food – if it says “organic” on the label, it is thanks to European law
- The EU has largely held firm against growing GM crops.
Now for Why I am Voting Green bit:
The Greens are very effective at European level. Take finance. They have curtailed bankers’ bonuses, forced banks to disclose tax haven-activities and support the Robin Hood Tax, a tiny tax on financial transactions (the billions raised would support society’s most vulnerable).
By leaving Europe, we would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. In addition, Nigel Farage’s anti-migrant worker position is abhorrent. Scapegoating stinks. (Pic: Return UKIP leaflets via its own Freepost address campaign).
Some decent folk are voting UKIP because they want to change the status quo. Do not be fooled, decent folk! UKIP is the status quo, seeking to distract attention from the banking crisis by blaming Europe.
The Green Party believes:
- YES to a referendum
- YES to Europe
- YES to major European reform.
When it comes to real food, the Greens are working to cap the CAP. In other words, instead of huge subsidies going to large corporations, farming subsidies would be capped at €300,000 limit and distributed more equitably to small farms. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should be for the common good.
It also calls to end over-fishing and factory farming.
The Green Party’s European manifesto stands for the world I want to live in. It is, for example, the only UK political party pushing for a complete ban on fracking.
Interestingly, if we voted for policies (instead politicians’ personalities), most people in the south west of England would vote for the Green Party – more than any other party, according to Vote for Policies.
The Green Party can win at a European level.
Because of proportional representation, every vote counts.
Green economist, Molly Scott Cato, would need only 10% of the vote to be elected as the south west’s first Green Member of the European Parliament (MEP).
Hooray! Greens can win!
PS This blog is about European voting – I am also voting Green at a local level too..
PPS Original title of this blog was Vote Green! but changed it ’cause it sounded a bit peremptory?
Saturday 7 June 2014 update: O joy , o joy! The southwest elected its first Green MEP, the wonderful sane, intelligent and compassionate, Molly Cato Brown.
Green voters in the southwest kept out the third Ukip candidate.
Ukip made no electoral gains in the southwest (still got two MEPs); Conservatives lost one MEP so down from 3 to 2; LibDems went from 1 to zero. Labour = 1 MEP and, as I said, Greens = 1 MEP.
It really is worth voting.