Greens must be included in any national election debate

ktKeith Taylor, one of two Green MEPs for the UK, has demanded that the Green Party is included in any television debate ahead of the European Elections, his call comes after Nick Clegg challenged Nigel Farage to a debate ahead of the European Elections.

Mr Taylor also attacked the Lib Dem’s for attempting to brand themselves as a ‘party of change.’

Mr Taylor went on to criticise UKIP for their ‘inability to represent the people who voted for them’.

Mr Taylor represents the same region as Nigel Farage, but has been present at double the amount of key votes in the European Parliament than the UKIP leader.

Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for South East England, said:

“It’s clear that voters want to see a change at this European election, and it goes without saying that the Lib Dems, a party in Government, won’t offer anything new. It’s no wonder voters are abandoning Clegg’s party in droves.

If there is to be a national television or radio election debate before the European elections then I fully expect the Green Party, which has representation in both Brussels and Westminster, to be invited.”

“In the European elections we need to see the right kind of change. That means voting for politicians who want to change the EU to make it more accountable to all of us, rather than allowing it to continue to serve big business.

As Lib Dems in the cabinet sit by and watch while the Government offers handouts to fracking firms and cuts the budget of the Environment Agency, it’s clear that they can’t be trusted to protect our environment.

Only the Greens are offering people a chance to make a real change in these elections. We want to stay in the EU, but unlike the Lib Dems we support a referendum so we can all have a say. We want things in Brussels to change, but unlike UKIP we want to continue working with our European Neighbours as part of the EU.

UKIP’s voting record in the European Parliament shows their inability to represent the people who voted for them. They often don’t turn up for the crucial votes that affect all of our lives.

As the UK faces queues at food banks, flooded streets and fracking in our countryside it is clear that change is needed. Greens are the only ones offering voters the right kind of change.”

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Fracking Announcement Is a Sign of Desperation and an Indication of its Undesirability

 

 

 

Monday’s announcement from the government of ‘bribes’ to be offered to local councils and communities that accept the presence of fracking for shale gas can be seen as a sign of two things.

 

The first is desperation – the resistance to the government’s enthusiasm to fracking has been strong and determined. From the camp at Balcombe in leafy Sussex, to the site at Barton Moss on the edge of Manchester airport, where 500 people gathered yesterday to show their opposition to the drilling there, across the country, surveys show that Britons understand that fracking is something they don’t want in their back yard, in their region, or in their country.

 

The second aspect of the government’s bribe is that they demonstrate fracking for shale gas is something you really wouldn’t want to have near you. Just like you offer a child a sweet if they’ll swallow their nasty-tasting medicine, the government’s very offer demonstrates the unattractiveness of fracking for shale gas for local communities.

 

Further telling news that emerged this week was the announcement that French multinational Total is to invest in fracking here. Banned for conducting the procedure in its own country, which has instituted a moratorium on fracking, as Germany plans to do and Bulgaria has long done, it’s planning to come here.

 

Not surprising really, when Prime Minister David Cameron is boasting that he’s offering the most generous tax regime in Europe – indeed overall more generous than that offered by the United States. So Mr Cameron is seeking to enrich big multinational fossil fuel exploiters, while giving scant attention to the alternatives. Continue reading