5 reasons Caroline should be speaking
Caroline Lucas hasn’t been invited by the TUC to speak at the march on Saturday. If you think she should be, email *email@example.com*
1) It’s good for the message:
Caroline Lucas actually opposes cuts. Ed Miliband is speaking, he supports the same level of cuts as the Tories. He just wants to do it over 6 years rather than 4. Or, at least, that was the policy when Labour wrote their manifesto, wasn’t it? Does anyone know for sure what it is now? Surely we also want speakers who will tell the protestors that they are right to be opposing cuts?
2) It’s good for the movement:
The movement is diverse. Despite the fact that Ed Miliband supports cuts, I am glad that he is speaking at this anti-cuts march. It is good for the movement to be able to hold him to account, and maybe to force him into a more progressive position. And there will be many Labour supporters at the march, organising for, and promoting the march. They are the official opposition. I am willing to compromise. But surely this has to be give and take? While there certainly aren’t as many Green members, lots of the more active campaigners and organisers in the anti-cuts movement identify more with Caroline than with Ed Miliband. Surely those organisers who are in this position deserve to have someone prominent on the main stage representing them?
3) It’s a good image
By having a politician speaker other than Ed Miliband, we demonstrate the strength of the breadth of our movement. We show that this is about more than Labour opposition for the sake of opposing the Tories – there are coalitions of people who don’t always agree standing together against the cuts (+ Ed Miliband, who’s in favour of cuts, but also in favour of good photo ops).
4) She’s earnt it:
Caroline Lucas spent her birthday last year protesting with students against fees. Where was Ed Miliband? She has been a leading voice against cuts who has consistantly supported protests against student fees, against cuts and against other austerity measures. She has been a clear and rare voice in the media challenging these cuts and challenging the base of the economic program.
5) She has solutions:
Caroline was one of the originators of the Green New Deal group – the first major policy intervention proposing an alternative route out of austerity. The Green New Deal is to this day exactly what we should be campaigning for – rebuilding a fair low carbon economy from the ashes of the recession. In fact, it is much of what we are marching for.
One fossil in particular that was encased in plaster and
mislabeled as being from the Tanzania dig was found to actually
be from the Halberstadt dig. The good part about being a radiation therapist is that you won’t be on
call at all hours of the day and night like in other healthcare jobs.
Start off your career as soon as you can to be well on your
way to becoming a radiologist in Ohio.
This is the first time I heard of Caroline and after reading this, I have realized that is a great person. I hope that her policy will continue.
Peter Tatchell’s open letter to the TUC can be read at Green Wedge
Convincing piece Adam.
As for the official Labour line, the FT put it like this on Tuesday:
“Mr Balls has said that he will stick to the Labour plan – inherited from Alistair Darling, the former chancellor – to halve the deficit more [sic] than four years.”
As the growth strategy by the coalition govt. seems more dubious, I think Balls and Miliband will feel more confident in saying they would’ve assessed the economy year-by-year instead of staying firm to halving the budget deficit over 6 years, but nonetheless this is still an avowedly pro-cuts measure, and deserved of our criticism.
I’ve just written to the TUC (I will publish the letter on my blog) asking them to consider Caroline addressing the rally, for reasons you’ve aptly described in number 2.
But further, though I’m Labour myself and have no vested interests in Caroline speaking per se, I still see it as odd that a pro-cuts leader of a major political party should address an anti-cuts demonstration, while an anti-cuts leader of a political party is given the cold shoulder.
Hopefully the many pleas (including Peter Tatchell’s one – which for those who haven’t seen it is very convincing indeed) will stir the TUC into reconsidering, and the range of speakers on the day will reflect the diversity of opinion on the day.