Tories propose corporate tax break?

It wasn’t just Greens keeping a close eye on our spring conference. Tory candidate for Brighton Pavillion, Charlotte Vere, was regularly tweeting about the event. This particular one caught my attention: @carolinelucas @jasonkitcat How wld you pay 4 ur policies on scrapping VAT + NI:£130bn, green jobs £44bn + transport £10bn?so £184bn.No rush so I […]

The 5 best bits of Green spring conference.

(Green Party of England and Wales) Spring Conference fun is over, so I thought I’d write my top 5 things from the weekend, for those of you who missed it. 1) The equality panel. Kate Pickett (co-author of The Spirit Level) and Indy columnist Johan Hari discussed inequality in society. Both were excellent. Kate Pickett’s […]

Green Party Conference Days 3&4: A sensible health policy

After a certain degree of criticism last year around the time of the European elections, much of it fair, over some of our policies related to healthcare it was decided to conduct a full review of the relevant section of our, recently renamed, Policies for a Sustainable Society document. Jim and Stuart have blogged on […]

GPEW Conference Day 2: First a tragedy, then a farce

Lots of policy to talk about on day 2 of the conference, some of which I’ve mentioned already, some which I haven’t. We began with two more emergency motions, both fairly uncontroversial. First up, Turkey, and the systematic attempts of the Turkish government to shut down political expressions of Kurdish nationalism. I didn’t quite catch […]

Green Party of England and Wales Conference Day 1: Science and Inequality

So, first day of conference, not always a lot to report from Thursday, it’s a half day and much of the time is the standing orders committee report but there were a couple of interesting points yesterday. First of all, science. This is one area where, as has been well pointed out, a lot of […]

Why I hate the West Wing

I have a terrible confession to make. For someone who enjoys his politics, is intrigued by interpersonal interaction and has a, possibly undue, interest in public administration I hate the West Wing. I’m possibly the only person with this set of interests that can’t stand the programme. It’s not because I dislike the actors, the […]

Join the campaign against draconian disconnection

This is a guest post from Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group, which campaigns to protect rights and liberties in the digital age Will your MP be voting to disconnect innocent people from the internet, because of evidence that one of them may have infringed copyright? The chances are that they will […]

If Robin Hood tax is stealth tax, then banks must be broken up

So, the Financial Times reports today that the Robin Hood tax – or Tobin Tax to it’s old chums, may be a ‘stealth tax’. The argument, which comes from Oxford University’s Mike Devereux, is that banks will just pass the cost of the tax onto their customers. As I see it, it has profound implications. […]

21 hours a week: time to aspire to fun?

In 1930, the great economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by the 21st century, we’d be working an average of 15 hours a week. The argument was a pretty simple one. Up to that point, there had been rapid technological shifts. If this continued, then in order for everyone in Britain to get the basic […]

Super Tax

An almost invisibly small amount is shaved off each one of millions of transactions in the global banking system. No-one involved in the transactions has any cause to notice, but the aggregated half-pennies create a fund big enough to change the world. I speak, of course, of the 1983 film Superman III. But what if […]

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