A party member's experience at the autumn conference in Wales of the UK Green Party which talks about freedom and democracy but doesn't actually believe in either:
Friday 4 October - World Animal Day - people from across the country came to make a stand outside Green Party Autumn Conference regarding their deafening silence on Electro-Magnetic Radiation Pollution and 5G ... Green Party members and non-members from Berwick, Lampeter, Stroud, Bristol, Reading and The Isle of Wight came to speak Truth to Power, something which the Green Party traditionally prides itself upon, but which it sadly does not apply in this area.
The Protest was a success in that we got to speak to many people, including several key people within the Party. It was filmed by Media company Vice and will appear online. Many leaflets were handed out and I went inside during Plenary to ask for our EMR Motion - which was well supported and well researched - to be reinstated. Sadly, it was ruled out of order again due to "procedural rules" which are obviously being used to thwart any discussion on the subject. I then raised my voice and spoke Truth to Power from the inside, pointing out that the Green Party are missing the boat on this and how Ecology has all but been eradicated from its Agenda, making them lose valuable members.
There were many people in the hall and some later came out to support us. Still, the Party Elite are not listening and there are too many members who choose to remain ignorant in favour of a one-eyed Climate Agenda. The full force of the leadership's anger was made clear when the Conference "organiser" was sent out to tell us that we are not allowed to stand outside the venue to protest on Saturday as I had "disrupted Conference." I had done no such thing. I had merely spoken out against a corrupt and unjust handling of two motions with almost Kafkaesk consequences - first claiming we didn't have an underpinning policy then claiming we didn't ask for action - putting us in a Catch 22 situation where the only avenue left to us is to protest.
The Green Party are supposed to be the Party of Free Speech - we have been silenced and now stifled. The Green Party are supposed to be the Party of inclusion and against discrimination in all its forms. What about the Electro-hyper sensitive? The Green Party are supposed to be the Party that promotes local sustainable solutions. Why then do they support a lean mean corporate control green-wash spin machine? Why have they left the Precautionary Principle by the wayside? Where is the pioneering debate about the need for safe and bio-sensitive Technology? The mind boggles and the heart crumples.
But I will not be stifled or crumpled. I will be there again tomorrow from noon and those of you who want to stand with me are welcome to join. We urgently need to bring back our Party to its original values where Ecology and Environment are seen as one integrated whole which needs to be tackled as one.
The second day of our Stop 5G Demo at Green Party Conference was more small-scale, but powerful. It started off with only me out there. The guard came out to tell me I could not stand outside the premises there or they would call the police on me. I had paid to get in to Conference beforehand and showed him my pass and asked him whether this is a free country as well as a Democracy. I also asked him what he thought it would do to the reputation of the Green Party - as well as the ICC Centre - if a peaceful protester (Party member to boot) was turned away. He looked a bit taken a back, but reiterated that it was not safe. I then asked in what way, if any, I constituted a danger to which he had no answer.
In the meantime, co-leader Jonathan Bartley, swished by (having been interviewed by Channel Four). He did not stop to talk to me, although he and I have talked in the past and he knows my cause. I called out to him that I was banned from standing outside and wondered why to which he flippantly remarked "I don't know, Health and Safety?" I retorted that I thought we lived in a Democracy. I then asked the guard to fetch someone from Party Leadership to come out and tell me eye to eye why I am not allowed to stand outside the premises and make my voice heard. The guard - who I could sense was on my side - went in and after a little while came back. Nobody was with him, but he said that he had talked to "Security" and if we we did mot cause disruption or violence (!) we would be allowed to stay....
Two people who said they would come had to cancel, but I was fortunately joined by the lovely Moira and Sammy (who is very knowledgeable on the Bee Cause) and we had a good day .... speaking to many people (including a science teacher who wants peer-reviewed studies to share with his students) and made sure all who came and went saw us. I think we caused a stir. One Party Big Whig came out to say that we needed to focus on the "holistic" cause of Climate Change first, to which I replied that holism implies linking the Climate Cause to the larger environmental picture, not combating one issue by creating another. But she is part of the machinery and the machinery has decreed that Climate is the be all and end all. ... Still, we have sown a seed and hopefully the message we bring will spread like rings on the water.
Off to Conference again to make a stand around noon - probably on my own this time, just so they don't forget. The Rebel is on a mission, hehe!
Big Thank you to all who have helped make this weekend so good!
Green Party leader calls for 'pernicious' Home Office to be abolished
The Green Party's co-leader is calling for the Home Office to be scrapped in a radical shake-up of immigration policy.
Jonathan Bartley said the department was "pernicious" in its treatment of people and a new Ministry for Sanctuary should oversee a "fairer" system.
In a speech to his party conference, he warned of a "new authoritarianism" in Britain and said he was "ashamed of what our country has become".
Only the Greens could deal with the injustices that led to Brexit, he said.
Addressing activists on the first day of the Green Party conference in Newport, Mr Bartley also called for free bus travel in England, and for all future laws passed by Parliament to be measured against their environmental impact on the next generation.
The party, which opposes Brexit and supports another referendum, has only one MP in Westminster, Caroline Lucas, but performed strongly in council and European elections earlier this year.
In his speech, Mr Bartley - who shares the leadership with Sian Berry - said a "green wave was sweeping the continent and we are surfing it in England and Wales".
Paying tribute to climate protesters, including Extinction Rebellion, who he said had made the future of the planet a political imperative, he said the "oceans are rising but so are we".
Outlining a "radical plan" to revamp government and the economy, he said the Home Office should be scrapped and its responsibilities shared between two new departments.
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