Articles by Adam Ramsay

Hello, I'm a co-editor of Bright Green. In my day job, I work for student campaigning network People & Planet. Once upon a time, I was a student politics hack at Edinburgh and I'm involved in various bits of activism, including through UK Uncut, No Shock Doctrine, Oxford Save Our Services, the Green Party, False Economy, UK Feminista, and various other bits and pieces. Along with Ali (also Bright Green co-editor) I run the recipe blog!/AdamRamsay

It’s time to join the Green Party

Posted on May 28, 2014 | 6 Comments

Last week, more than at any time I can remember, politically active friends from across the left – from the feminist, student, anti-austerity, environmental and democracy movements, seem to have turned out in droves to vote for The Green Party. This is an appeal to them – you – to join the party, and to [...]

Greens are now building a genuine base

Posted on May 26, 2014 | 8 Comments

When looking at the Green Party result today, there are two important things to understand. The first is that the 2009 European election took place in the month after the expenses scandal. The second is that the UK lost many of its MEP seats in 2009, meaning it was harder to get each one. Because [...]

Nine (more) reasons to vote Green

Posted on May 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

Over on Novara, I published a list of nine of my favourite policies from the Green manifesto for the European elections. They were: Universal Basic Income, a workers’ right to turn their company into a co-operative, restore trade union rights, support Scottish independence, rebuild the banking system, oppose dodgy ‘free trade’ deals, crack down on [...]

Of course they were bluffing about Scottish currency – when do these people tell the truth?

Posted on March 29, 2014 | 4 Comments

It should come as no surprise. The extraordinary admission from a government minister that Westminster would find a way to make currency union with Scotland work is, in fact, entirely ordinary. The idea that Westminster politicians have put political convenience ahead of rigorous honesty is no newer than the notion that what they say in [...]

The missing 10% and the independence of Yes Scotland

Posted on March 9, 2014 | 3 Comments

The phoney war is finally over. The independence campaign is in full swing. And as it gets going, there is a simple question for Yes Scotland: who are the 10%? Which 10% of people can be persuaded to switch to a yes vote? Answer this question, succeed in persuading most of them, and so long [...]

The speech that Darling never made

Posted on February 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

Here’s a strange thing. Alistair Darling is quoted in yesterday’s Telegraph as telling Scottish voluntary organisations that they would lose lottery funding if people vote yes in September’s referendum. Only, there’s one small problem with the story. He didn’t actually say it. The Telegraph reports that: “Speaking at the SCVO conference in Glasgow, Mr Darling [...]

An open letter to AC Grayling on his thoughts on Scottish independence

Posted on February 15, 2014 | 12 Comments

Dear Prof Grayling, I read your column in the Herald with interest. I think it’s important that people who are based in the rest of the UK engage in the independence debate, and so I am glad that you are doing so. I do, however, think much of what you say is claptrap. The idea [...]

UN Charter: “respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples”

Posted on February 14, 2014 | 4 Comments

Today, the Herald reports threats from the UK cabinet that, if Scotland votes yes in September, Westminster might deny the Scots their right to self determination. In this light, here the first chapter of the UN charter. You can read the whole thing on the UN website. The UN Charter Article 1 The Purposes of [...]

Yes campaign catching up: 13 thoughts

Posted on January 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

Scotland on Sunday has an ICM poll out on the independence referendum today showing support for the Yes campaign up significantly. John Curtice has seen the tables, and you can see his detailed breakdown here. Below are my immeditate thoughts. It’s just one poll. But it is ICM. Who, as others have pointed out, have [...]

Brighton Greens demand referendum to save care services: the fight is on

Posted on January 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Brighton and Hove council’s Green Party administration has announced it will be pushing for a referendum on whether to save vital care services by increasing council tax by 4.75%. Here are ten immediate thoughts: 1) councils have been hit exceptionally hard by the cuts. This means services they provide – particularly social care for the [...]

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