What the Green Party has got wrong about NATO
The Green Party recently rewrote its policies on defence – including changing its position on NATO.
On the sixth episode of #BrightGreenLive, our editor Chris Jarvis to Green Party Councillor and former author of the NATO Monitor blog Martin Butcher. In the conversation, they discussed the party’s new policy on NATO, what is flawed about it and whether the reforms the Greens want to see to the military alliance are realistic.
Watch the full interview here:
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Martin Butcher had me agreeing on everything up to the point where he said it was reasonable to pour more arms into Ukraine under the guise of strengthening its defence capabilities. It’s as if the practical implementation of peaceful resistance strategies and non-military support somehow wilted under the heat of the Russian invasion, whereas they were never attempted in any realistic manner. Tony Benn said that all wars represent a failure of diplomacy, and the GPEW should be promoting policies that favour highly effective, non-military interventions – which, by the way, obviates the need for NATO to be dismantled.