Letters to the press in 2007/2008

The Green New Deal

BP, Centrica, and Shell - together made £1000 profit every second over the first 6 months of this year. These corporations are robbing from the poor to give to the rich and they know it. And it's about time they learned that in a progressive democracy, there is no place for robber barons.

When the world faced economic depression back in the early 1930s, it was President Roosevelt's New Deal that got people back to work with a massive investment in infrastructure. Today we stand on the brink of a triple crisis - a combination of a credit-fuelled financial meltdown, accelerating climate change, and soaring energy prices.

We need a Green New Deal in response. The core would be a 21st century project to make the nation's buildings truly energy efficient, with funding from the gas and electricity companies being matched with local authority bonds being issued to raise the necessary money for a major investment in insulation, efficiency and renewables, creating thousands of jobs for areas like Worcester in the process.

Louis Stephen Worcester Green Party (15 December 2008)

Fox hunting debate

During the Cameron Direct questions and answers session held in the Guildhall on Friday August 29 there was an interesting question raised about the the large amount of time spent at Westminster debating fox hunting and by contrast relatively little time spent talking about weighty ethical issues such as cloning and embryology. Surprisingly David Cameron then stated that if the Conservatives win the next election he would open up the debate again and allow another vote in the House of Commons.

I am firmly opposed to the reopening up of the fox hunting debate - it was the right decision and enough time was spent on it both in the Commons and Lords. Our elected representatives now have other important issues to discuss. An open question to Robin Walker the Conservative Party parliamentary candidate for Worcester. Do you want to reopen the fox hunting debate?

Paul Snookes Worcester Green Party (12 September 2008)

Eco-town development

I write in response to "Idea of an 'eco-town' is simply laughable", (Worcester News, John Phillpot's column, 3rd Nov 07). I appreciate his point. Construction uses resources. However, I am sure he knows that some building materials are more sustainable than others!

People are becoming increasingly aware of the huge need for more ‘affordable' housing in Worcestershire and the UK, (brought about particularly by the demand for single-occupancy homes).

Suitable brownfield sites in Worcester should certainly be built on first. However, some greenfield development seems inevitable. It is obviously, therefore, far better to choose more sustainable materials, (locally-sourced where possible). Improved insulation, better use of natural light and community energy generation (ground source heat-pumps, hydro etc.) saves money and reduces dependence on fuels from overseas. The Greens are in favour of developing two or three existing settlements in such ways, with good public transport services, cycleways and walking routes. These eco-settlements' residents would benefit greatly from suitable expansion (local shops, workplaces and entertainment) and flood protection due to green roofs, grey water systems and other sustainable, reliable flood prevention measures. They would also enjoy a real sense of community.

Poor-quality, piecemeal development that encourages car dependence and social isolation is far worse than ‘laughable'. However, the idea of people enjoying eco-settlements gives me hope and makes me smile.  

Ruth Stafford Worcester Green Party (9 November 2007)

Green Party Meetings

Come along to our monthly meeting to discuss our plans for Worcester and Worcestershire. Our next meeting starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th January in The Paul Pry pub (back room) on The Butts, WR1 3PA. It would be great to see some new people.

For more information, contact Louis via email or telephone 01905 359 509.