Sunday, 11 October 2009

The enemy is the same

So the conference season is over for another year and did the Greens in Brighton debate immigration? No. All we got was this:
At the Green Party's conference in Hove tomorrow (Sat 5th September), Jean Lambert, London's Green MEP since 1999, will lead a strategy discussion about shaping a Green Party response to the far right -- now that it has won seats in the UK at the local, regional and European levels.

The session will draw on this year's experience of fighting the BNP - for example, in the North West England Euro-constituency, where the Green Party's Peter Cranie led a determined effort to stop the BNP leader from winning a seat in the European Parliament.

Peter Cranie said today, "Our Euro-campaign in the North West came agonisingly close to defeating Nick Griffin. We lost by just 0.3% of the poll. That's 5 000 votes out of an electorate of over 5 million. Now North West England is stuck with a racist MEP for five years. We need to make totally certain that, in 2014, we replace him with a Green."

Jean Lambert commented, "We'll be looking at how a lack of political activity in a community can allow the far right to win. We'll be aiming to clarify what Greens can do to limit the advance of the far right in politics at all levels."

Now, I know it is in the Greens' DNA to espouse 'official' anti-racism and anti-fascism, and of course every political party has the right to contest elections and get their people elected over rival parties. However, with their knee-jerk hysteria, what the Greens are effectively doing is letting our political and economic elites (the neocons, the neo-liberals and the globalisers) off the hook.

You may say I'm a dreamer - guilty as charged. But it does irk me that the Greens (and others) are insistent on keeping their blinkers on. Our rulers can handle their opponents kept straight jacketed in their respective ideological boxes. Of course, the Greens could have taken a step back and examined the bigger picture. They could have looked at Nick Griffin the anti-globalist, Nick Griffin who opposes EU excesses, Nick Griffin who speaks out against multinational corporations, Nick Griffin who's party literally wishes to keep its pleasant land green. The Greens could have fired their venom on the big three parties and worked to get rid of THEIR MEPs in the North West next time around. Sectarian attitudes won't disappear over night, but it is the duty of all sincere anti-globalists to fight it.
We face a common enemy. The enemy is the same - Horst Mahler.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Bucking the trend

Two national elections in Germany and Portugal last week were of note because of the relative success of the Left. June's European Union elections witnessed the steady progress of the nationalist right, so we do indeed live in interesting times. This blog has always advocated that the anti-globalist milieu should adopt a pluralistic and pragmatic approach - turning groups and individuals away because they're not 'on message' is a road to nowhere. If the so-called 'Left' (an old fashioned term) truly opposes the global elites, multinational corporations and one-worldism then they should be supported. Likewise for the 'Right'. But if either camp clearly sides with our political, economic and cultural elites then they should be opposed.

In Germany the Marxist Die Linke ('The Left') overtook the once mighty Greens with 11% of the vote and 4.7M constituency votes to the Greens' 3.9M - although the Green vote itself was up 4% to 9.2%. The nationalist NPD vote held up on 768k. Interestingly the Ecological Democratic Party (which is made up of more conservative minded Greens not subscribing to the left-liberal shibboleths of open borders, 'human rights', feminism etc) grabbed 105 thousand votes, thereby proving that there is a market for a Green politics which is not the preserve of the cultural Marxists.

In Portugal the Trotskyite Left Bloc did well taking just under 11% of the vote and just ahead of the 'official' Communist/Green alliance. The small Third Positionist National Renewal Party (PNR) held steady on 11,614 votes - nothing grand but the fact that their vote held up should have given heart to these sincere anti-globalists.

You have to be an optimist in this game and these results show that although voters express it very differently, there is a substantial section of the public who are obviously dissatisfied with the current set up of 'Neo-liberalism/Neo-Conservatism like it or lump it'. But despite their shared opposition to global capitalism there is still a wide gulf between the nationalists and internationalists. The challenge for those who have had enough of the dogmas and bigotry from all quarters, is to forge a new politics, to bridge the gap and create a culture of self-determination within the anti-globalist movement and replacing the current dictatorship of one or other macro-ideology. The days of 'Our Way or No Way' have long passed their sell-by date.

If you believe in an ideology, you don't own it - it owns you