Green Party leader impressed by sustainable focus on the Isle of Wight

The Green Party leader not only addressed a public meeting on Wednesday evening, but also visited businesses that focus on sustainability.

Natalie Bennett at SME in East Cowes

Thanks to Vix for this roundup of Green party news from last week. Ed


Green Party leader Natalie Bennett visited Cowes and East Cowes last week – and was so impressed with the sustainable businesses and innovative technologies that she has vowed to return in the near future.

Entrepreneurship and a focus on sustainability
Island ethical clothing manufacturer Rapanui – who by coincidence have recently made T-shirts for the Green Party of Wales – led Ms Bennett and IW Green leader Vix Lowthion around their factory in Cowes, demonstrating their streamlined fulfilment process.

Vix remarked,

“Rapanui are an excellent example of a green business growing from scratch on the Island.

“Hard work and entrepreneurship in conjunction with a focus on sustainability has led to award winning success for Rapanui. But we must ensure that they have the right support on the Island and are able to grow further with the best accommodation and committed staff.”

Housing bubble threatening manufacturing
Ensuring that innovative manufacturing businesses remain on the Island was also the message across the water in East Cowes. The Green Party leader met tidal turbine engineers Sustainable Marine Energy and a group of concerned East Cowes residents on the busy quay side.

She heard how SME has recruited close to 30 members of staff in recent years, but that if Red Funnel’s ‘regeneration’ plans go ahead, the company will be forced to leave the town and even the Island.

Natalie stated,

“This is the perfect example of how the housing price bubble is threatening the manufacturing industry and the growth of employment on the Isle of Wight.

“We need to invest in green energy and the Island has renewable energy resources which can create hundreds of jobs.”

Tuesday, 15th September, 2015 12:55pm

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Caconym

Huh?

This is the same IW whose residents throw their toys out of their collective prams if anyone mentions the word “turbine”.

And lets not mention Navitus and the impact that decision is likely to have for those working at Vestas.

Lord Bermondsey

…“We need to invest in green energy and the Island has renewable energy resources which can create hundreds of jobs.”…

That’s all well and good Nat, but will these hundreds of jobs be given to islanders who desperately need and want employment, or hundreds of migrants who would ‘invade’ the UK if we had the open borders policy that your party craves?

Geoff Lumley

Interesting that OTW covers this, whilst ignoring local Labour’s response to the biggest political news of the last few days ! Other outlets all covered it……….

Sally Perry

When Jeremy Corbyn visits the Isle of Wight, we’d be very happy to cover it.

Geoff Lumley

So why do you cover the Tories, Ukip, LibDems etc, when their leader’s have never been to the island ? Very disappointing response.

Lord Bermondsey

What do you think of your leader’s complete lack of respect at today’s memorial service?

retired Hack

If you’d botherd to actually look at the pictures, LB, you’d have seen it was a somewhat desperate Mail/Telegraph invention

Sally Perry

The report is about the Green Party leader visiting the Isle of Wight. Hence why I said we’d be happy to cover the same for Labour if JC visits.

Our coverage of IW Labour party has been comprehensive over the last decade.

fedupbritain

mr lumley – would you have a friendly cuppa with adams and mcguness?

Vix Lowthion

I haven’t seen much coverage of island Lib Dems or UKIP or even Conservatives in recent months.

What are they actually doing?

iain mckie

UKIP IW have been trying to get a satisfactory answer to a question relating to the MP’s expenses over the last few weeks: http://ukipiow.org.uk/ukip-isle-of-wight-press-release-concerning-andrew-turner-mp-his-financial-arrangements-with-his-ex-girlfriend/

Robert Jones
Always keen to help, I can answer that in part. The LibDems are dying, not especially slowly. Both your party and mine are benefiting from that as people are coming over to us. UKIP – well, UKIP is principally engaged, at the moment, in badgering Andrew Turner over his financial arrangements: I can see the point of that, but at the same time trying to pick the… Read more »
garageelfiniow

Geoff
Nigel has been to the Island

billy builder

Geoff, would that be the political suicide that Labour have just embarked on by electing a 1070’s style political dinosaur who will ensure that Labour are never elected to govern the UK again

retired Hack

So, BB, that’s why the Establishment and their media poodles are going frantic with worry, is it?

Ariadne

You must be joking Reired Hack. Corbyn as Labour leader means a certain Conservative victory in 2020 and probably in 2025 as well. His appeal is only to left wingers. Moderates will never vote Labour while they are lumbered with Corbyn.

retired Hack
Well we shall see, Ariandne. If you’e right, it’s difficult to explain why the Telegraph, for example, has gone from a position of encouraging its readers to infiltrate the Labour Party and vote for Corbyn, to a position of devoting what seems like its entire political coverage to spurious knocking stories so light in substance that they must any severely embarrass any journalists who still work there.… Read more »
Ariadne
It is widely accepted that Labour lost this year’s election because Ed Miliband was perceived by many floating voters as being too left wing and did not look like a potential Prime Minister. So what has the Labour Party done? Chosen as Miliband’s successor someone who is even more left wing, does not look remotely like a Prime Minister in waiting and whose ideas will alienate masses… Read more »
Billy builder

Retired Hack: Could it be that the Daily Telegraph were keen to get a joker elected as Labour leader to ensure that Labour are unelectable. And that now the joker is in place they can ridicule the party. That would certainly account for their press coverage pre and post the election.

Caconym

I have noticed the BBC fawning all over Corbyn, but that is to be expected.

Lord Bermondsey

Its been like a party political broadcast hasn’t it. BBC well known left-wing biased but its been vomit-inducing since their comrade got the leadership.

@retired hack….you’ll be crying all over your Morning Star newspaper soon, once whats left of the labour party start the inevitable backstabbing and crumbling from within.

Robert Jones

Oh grow up. Seriously, you’re embarrassing yourself.

Billy builder

I would suggest that the BBC is by far the most politically neutral media outlet in this country, barring none. The press however is far from neutral, with papers like the Express and Mail printing pernicious right-wing nonsense, that they portray as news.

billy builder
Mr Hack, with the greatest respect Labour did not loose the last election because they were to far to the right, they lost it because Miliband was perceived to be to far left. Middle England will not vote for the hard left, or for a party that does not represent the aspirations of people today. The Establishment and their media poodles have got the result that they… Read more »
Ian Young

Agree with you BB but smarter people than me think otherwise.

Frankly for the time being I have given up.

Steve Goodman
I’m hearing from a growing number of ‘previously didn’t think it was worth bothering; nothing will change’ and ‘I’ve always voted for X’ voters – including ‘traditional tory types’ and other people I know from groups like the RSPB, NT, and other charities and aid organisations – who are pleased about the the recent political shake ups reminding people of their power to do more, in some… Read more »
fedupbritain

funny labour on the island would be happy with leder who is best mates with sinn fein.

Lord Bermondsey
Corbyn and his far-left ilk are a strange bunch. They seem to hate this country and all it stands for. When you look at far-left communist countries like China, Russia and even North Korea, they all encourage patriotism and are pretty big on self-defence and having a large visible military presence. Our left however are big on patriotism as long as its not ours. Happy to have… Read more »
Steve Goodman
Cameron and his far from conservative lying damaging ilk are a strange bunch. They seem to hate this planet and people and all this formerly democratic green and pleasant country stood for. When you look at their increasingly powerful, beyond state control, neoliberal elite friends and masters, they all demand our money and resources, and are pretty big on self-defence and controlling everything that matters, including weapons… Read more »
Lord Bermondsey

I agree with your tory rant bit. Thats why i never voted for them.

If you think Comrade Corbyn is the answer or the greenie’s then you really are deluded.

Each to their own though i guess.

Tanja Rebel
To Lord Bermondsey: So what exactly is the answer? Corbyn wants a fairer and more equal society, as do the Greens. What is wrong with that? On top of this, the Greens have realised that endless growth is a cul-de-sac or even a road to disaster. Again, what is wrong with that? Why is it wrong to support politicians who dare stand up for the vulnerable and… Read more »
fedupbritain

i always found it hard to digest that swaticka badges are banned – and rightly so – but hammer and sickle arent (almost considered cool). even though commmunists killed far more thasn nazis

Old Knobby
Banned, in Germany and some other European countries maybe, but cetainly not here. In fact a member of the royal family had no trouble precurring one a few years ago. They might not be for sale on every high street because most people probably have no desire to buy or sell such items, but I’m sure there are ‘specialist’ suppliers out there on the net that cater… Read more »
Lord Bermondsey

@fedupbritain…..you are correct that many wear the hammer and sickle emblem as a badge of ‘coolness’, thinking their urban hipster trendies and ‘right-on’ etc. Many worn as an anti-fascist statement.

The ironic thing is, and like you say, Stalin and Co. murdered more innocent people than Hitler could only dream of. This point is lost or naively not known by those who wear it with pride.

Tanja Rebel
The Friends of Frank James are very grateful that Natalie took the time to visit the former Cottage Hospital. Natalie is going to look into why there is no proper protection in law to prevent buildings from decaying due to neglect by scrupulous owners. What is happening to Frank James amounts to gross neglect and after a number of years the owners should have been forced to… Read more »
The Sciolist

In her own way, the Green leader is as unelectable as Corbyn. No nukes, no oil, no defence, no border controls. It has appeal, to about .1% of the electorate, mostly the under 25’s.

retired Hack

.1%, eh, Sciolist? Remind me, what was the Greens’ percentage vote on the island in May?
OK, I’ll remind you. 13.4%. Must be all those under-25s who skew the island’s demographic.

Rod Manley
I must say, as a Trades Unionist, I stopped supporting Labour for years but Jeremy Corbyn has put a brand new complexion on things. I was very upset about the attitude of such people who made racist comments and are still given space to do so like this character who goes under the name of Bermondsey. Yet, what has happened to the old contributors on this blog.Where… Read more »
Lord Bermondsey

Racist comments? Typical remarks from the far-left. They don’t like free speech if it doesn’t fit their loony mandate. Just throw the word ‘racist’ about like confetti. Pathetic.

Rod Manley

Thought the BNP was a dead duck.Maybe there is one left to shovel into the cess pit.

Lord Bermondsey

haha…now resorts to petty personal comments. typical leftie communist behaviour. you know you’ve lost the argument, so have to throw in words like BNP. get a grip man, you’re supposed to be an adult.

Diogenes ' Barrel

Have the children in the kindergarten all gone to beddy byes?

If they are spared another day they may wish to rethink this article.

It’s about skilled and resourceful people trying to make a small business work In East Cowes
It’s about local people’s homes In East Cowes
It’s about a powerful business destroying people’s jobs and homes!
It’s about RED FUNNEL,

It’s not political…

It’s about RED FUNNEL!

Lord Bermondsey

Never trust any organisation with the word ‘red’ in it.

Nailed on lefties and only looking after themselves and their traitorous colleagues.

craighy

looks like geoff lumley got his way.

chatter on a posting about the leader of the green party coming to the island is taken over by discussion about the labour party.

Ariadne

Corbyn led Labour Party and the Green Party are pretty much indistinguishable.

Steve Goodman

If so, probably with good reason. More people seeing the light, and converging on a road to improvement?

Vix Lowthion
There are actually quite a few differences. Voting reform – the Labour Party have no plans to increase our representation through any form of PR. Environmental issues are not at the forefront of Labour policies, whereas climate change is the biggest issue facing us in the 21st century. Europe – it looks like a JC led Labour party may not take a leading role in any pro… Read more »
Geoff Lumley

Early days yet, Vix. JC has only been Leader for 5 days and there are a helluva lot of cr** policies to clear up…..Though personally, after the German economic imperialism over Greece my own pro-European-ism is under test.

I suspect your belief that the Greens will ultimately be closer to the Liberals than a Corbyn-lead Labour Party will not be shared by many in your party.

Ian Young

I have spent much of the summer in Greece and have had many conversations with Greek friends.

As you would expect there was a wide range of views on the current situation, but the one constant was, despite everything, a desire to remain in Europe and indeed within the Euro Zone.

Never heard German economic imperialism mentioned once, and my Greek is quite good.

Steve Goodman

We’ve had a condem government; so a greenlablib type alliance is also possible.

Who wouldn’t welcome co-operation for the common good?

Vix Lowthion

I haven’t expressed any belief in Greens Party being ‘ultimately closer to LibDems’ . I just listed 3 key policies where Greens and Labour do not align. Green Party policy is and always has been decided by members conference. I’m glad to see that Labour may be catching up ;)

Ariadne

As the Greens polled more than Labour on the Island are they going to take over the Island Labour Party? That would be the logic of Geoff Lumley’s complaint that the opposition here to the Conservatives is split.

milly
Ariadne, It’s a little mischievous to talk about the Green Party in this way. I voted Green in the last election. At the same time I find it exciting that Jeremy Corbyn has achieved this phenomenal leadership post and I hope that onthewight might consider a feature on it for discussion at some convenient point. For years I have stayed away from Labour, but not anymore, there… Read more »
fedupbritain

do greenies still think that being a member of a terrorist group shouldnt be a crime?

billy builder

I don’t know about that, but I would certainly put UKIP voters on a list of undesirables

Rod Manley
The right and the media are indeed going into a frenzy over Jeremy.Its the alliance between Greens and Labour that will send them up the wall even more. Take the pathetic hook over singing “God save the Queen”, so what, there are many who don’t care. God and Queen are all about fairytales anyway. Maybe there is an opportunity in some quarters to talk about writing a… Read more »
Ariadne

Corbyn sings the Red Flag and that really is a fairy tale!

Rod Manley

Maybe you are right and maybe we need a fifth version of the Internationale, particularly with the refugee crisis and the EU, We should get rid of all anachronisms and keep up with the times.

milly

There seems to be a technical problem, I can’t get my comments up.

Sally Perry

We wrote to you some time ago on the email address you registered with, but had no response. Your account was put on moderation in order for you to contact us. Your comment is now approved. Please email me so we can discuss other issue.

milly

I’m so sorry, Sally, I didn’t realise there was a problem.I always try and keep within your guidelines, even if I get a bit irate or “left” once in a while. It might be my temperament.

I’ve up arrowed your comment.

Sally Perry

Do please email me.