Tackling global crises locally: Tom Pashby, candidate for Green London Assembly list

First published on Bright Green.  In 2020, London will go to the polls to elect a new Mayor and members of the London Assembly. The London Green Party are now in the process of selecting their candidates for those elections. Bright Green is offering every candidate seeking selection an opportunity to tell our readers why … Continue reading Tackling global crises locally: Tom Pashby, candidate for Green London Assembly list

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Why we should radically reform the House of Lords instead of abolishing it

First published on iNews. Our democratic system regularly comes under criticism for not being democratic enough. We have a monarch as head of state and a wildly outdated First-Past-The-Post electoral system for the House of Commons. But I think a huge blind spot in attempts at democratic reform is the second chamber of the Houses … Continue reading Why we should radically reform the House of Lords instead of abolishing it

Love Island pushes Lords reform back onto the agenda

First published on Backbench.  Last night, Zara and Ellie joined the increasingly close knit group of lovers and friends (sorry Alex) on Love Island. In addition to a nuclear electrical engineer and an A&E doctor, the introduction of Zara means we now have a ‘Government advisor’ in the mix. As she started chatting with Jack, … Continue reading Love Island pushes Lords reform back onto the agenda

The Greens will fail if we don’t empower young people

Originally published on Bright Green.  Certain sections of the Green Party are considering disempowering Young Greens. The party is currently undergoing a holistic review to improve its internal structures and some people are taking it as an opportunity to say the Young Greens should have their representatives on the party’s executive removed. This is written … Continue reading The Greens will fail if we don’t empower young people

Big Oil’s recognition of the climate crisis as a tipping point for climate activists

Originally published on The Ecosprinter, the publication of the Federation of Young European Greens.  Disclosures by two of the world’s leading climate wreckers – Exxon and Shell – lay bare the growing consciousness of our new climate reality. With the impacts of climate chaos being increasingly felt, including increasing the severity and frequency of extreme … Continue reading Big Oil’s recognition of the climate crisis as a tipping point for climate activists

Elon Musk and the Bourgeois Space Adventure

Originally published on Bright Green. This week saw the launch of the world’s most powerful rocket – Falcon Heavy – into space, which is owned and operated by Elon Musk’s private space exploration company SpaceX. The eccentric billionaire’s wealth was seeded by his early involvement in PayPal, and now boasts a network of innovative projects … Continue reading Elon Musk and the Bourgeois Space Adventure

History shows that Labour has always been a party of compromise

Originally published on Left Foot Forward.  Founded by socialists, but never a socialist party – it is a view which has been said of the Labour party for many decades. But does it hold true? Simon Hannah’s timely A Party With Socialists In It takes a sweeping look at the Labour left from 1893 through … Continue reading History shows that Labour has always been a party of compromise