Here is my blog piece on why I will be voting for Caroline. However you use it, It is vitally important to the green party that you vote in the ballot to select our candidate. 2014 may seem a long way off now for new members but trust me you will look back and kick yourself for not taking part. I am not passionate about Europe and I still want to run for the London Assembly so I will not be reading through all the questionnaires, rules, and manifestos, but I will be voting.
Reason number 1, the Caroline effect.
G = Mus + number of Carolines squared
so if you double the number of carolines you basically quadruple the Green vote.
I was in the pub after the meeting with my local party, which was then
Enfield, Douglas Coaker asked me who the ones to watch were in the Green
Party. I think this was before the leadership contest, but after the
2012 elections, in which I was a few votes and drop-outs away from
taking part myself. I said, I think Caroline Russell and Caroline Allen could do really well, both hailing from Islington where Development
House happens to be. Caroline has been one of my favorite people on twitter since the 2012 elections, and has her own blog too, tracking her
frenetic green politics. She has always spoken well at husting and
meetings, even making Cameo appearance at informal Green meetings in
Barnet. One of my favorite tweets was her explanation of how she was
named, after a relatively modern pop song. As a young green I am sure
you identify with the song "sweet Caroline" anyway I call this
collaboration of local greens named Caroline, the Caroline Effect.
People rightly or wrongly associate their names with the Green Party and
that lends Caroline Allen an enourmous amount if soft power when
publicising us greens. My simple message is that Caroline Lucas led us
to victory in Europe initially, and this Caroline could make a similar
victory on the road to Brussels.
Reason number 2
Allen is a powerful green activist because of the way she is effective
in the workings of the party. Her actions as a member of policy
committee till 2012 have brought us together as greens behind the clear
sections she has been part of re-writing. one argument against her, used
on rival deputy leader candidate and former Young Greens co-chair's campaign site, is that she is good at what she does so should remain
specialised. Would Einstein have been offered the job of Israel's first
president if he had stuck to what he was good at, inventing nuclear
weapons? Caroline proves that you can take a lot of roles at various
levels; local, regional, national, internal, external; and win them all
holistically. I am voting for someone who is genuine as an activist,
not specialised. We do not want our MEP to be a cog divorced from the
workings of her community, but a leaf of a green living being, connected
to policy writing, local issues and so on.
Reason number 3
identify with her science background because though she is a vet and I
work on a molecular level, we both get science. The difference is she
has found a way to make a job out of it, and I was unable to carry on
working in so called green chemistry, which was not green at all.
Science and technology are organised in political organisations and it's
fundamental that we are represented by someone who can grasp the
problems and solutions of air quality. Caroline's frustration that
local government are doing nothing on the issue is demonstrated in a
letter to the local papers about a new waste facility North Londoners
have been campaigning on, especially in the Coppetts ward of Barnet
which borders on Enfield and Harringey. Her appearance at the annual
fundraising dinner at Barnet Green Party probably helped her think of
writing on this strong campaign. One thing that separates climate
campaigning from previous anticapitalist issues is that it attracts
scientists such as Caroline and this benefits our thinking. As the first
Caroline in Europe told me at Glastonbury, most of our environmental
law comes from Europe. But she obtained her doctorate in Elisabethan
English. A scientist is needed to defend our air that we take for
granted, and fish that is under threat, and so on.
Reason number 4
she suggested she's running for European elections, she was so humble
about the whole thing, but the fact she didn't want to win that when focussing on the deputy leadership contest, doesn't mean she didn't want
it once her supporters have envisioned how good she'd be at the
job, and it seems to have positively snowballed.
Reason number 5
core part of our manifesto will be to do with respect for animals.
Unlike most vets Caroline is not afraid to say so. Animal rights should
be part of this campaign.
honorary young green
seems much younger and more trendy than the other candidates. The
green party are supposed to be different and she proved her support for
young people during the double dip recession, by employing one to stuff
envelopes with me and the other 2012 candidates.
With young greens
voting for someone new will send a clear message that we have been given
by the new leadership election, that we are not the future of the
party, we are the party now. Move over, grey parties, the time has come for
the next generation of greens to take a stand.
Technical issues about proportional representation that I won't bore you with.
B A Samuel