Isle of Wight Green party have candidates in 24 wards for local election

In the last local elections (2013) there was only one Green candidate put forward. This year there will be candidates in 24 wards.

Green Team 2017

Vix Lowthion shares this latest news from the Isle of Wight Green Party. Ed


The Isle of Wight Green Party are launching their Green Vision for the IW Council elections in May this week, with a set of positive policies from strong candidates with proven track records running charities, project management, business intelligence, telecoms and energy engineering, and the military.

Five key focus areas
The Party has set out five key focus areas (economy, transport, services, environment and ethics) with a focus on fighting national government austerity cuts, at the same time as providing solutions to build up resilience for the Island.

Particular priorities will be to oppose fracking and oil drilling in our countryside, put empty properties back into use, and to continue the work the Green Party has already done to support the future of services such as the Ice Rink, Adult services and Children’s Centres at the heart of their communities.

Good, affordable, locally grown food should be accessible for people with the most limited of incomes, through food co-operatives and local assemblies, and equipping residents with the skills to cook and grow their own food.

Caroline Lucas and Vix Lowthion

Affordable alternative forms of transport to the car – such as cycle paths and railways – would be promoted by Green Councillors, and they would continue to challenge the unaccountable monopolies which dominate both our ferries and bus services across the Island.

The IW Green Party believe the future economy of the Island must be based on low carbon engineering and manufacturing industries, such as renewable technology and energy efficiency, in addition to promoting the Island as an international centre of sustainable and accessible tourism.

Candidates in 24 wards
The local party has seen a huge growth in support since coming third in the 2015 General Election with over 9,000 Islanders choosing to vote Green.

There will be Green candidates to vote for in over 24 council wards, which is the most in the history of the Island Green Party. In the last local elections in 2013, there was only one Green candidate put forward.

Range of skills
Green candidates have a wide variety of qualifications and skills which include, but are not limited to, a number of project managers, former RAF intelligence analyst, Chief Executive of a national mental health charity, entrepreneurs and business owners, beekeepers, spoken word artist, a team official for the Wightlink Raiders, telecoms engineer, artistic director of the IW Shakespeare Company, peace workers and a renewable energy consultant.

Competency and compassion
Prospective Parliamentary candidate for the IW Green Party, Vix Lowthion, who is co-ordinating the Green campaign, said,

“The outstanding quality of our team of candidates is reflected in the strength of the solutions which we are offering to a society which is increasingly divided and unequal.

“Green councillors will speak up for our Island with competency and compassion, protecting the most vulnerable people and our countryside, and investing in Green jobs. We need Green Voices for our Green Island, and after 4th May I am confident that we will see a Green breakthrough onto our local Council.”

More information, and a detailed Vision document, will be available on the Green Party website from 25th March 2017. Or email info@isleofwight.greenparty.org.uk

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  1. billy builder


    20.Mar.2017 2:23pm

    As with any/all elections based on the first passed the post system, having more than two candidates per seat can lead to an undesirable result. That is, if there is one right of centre Tory candidate and say four centre->left (libdem, independent, green & labour) candidates, then the Tory is almost certain to win as their vote will not be split. If the centre-left want to win then the parties need to come to an accommodation in each seat

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    • Steve Goodman


      20.Mar.2017 2:36pm

      As is becoming increasingly apparent, it’s time for us to help everyone get greener, if it’s not too late already.

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    • Robin Lenox


      20.Mar.2017 3:06pm

      Where do you get the idea that Lib dems are centre left. They proved in 2010 that they are tory supporters and helped the wanton destruction that they and the tories enjoyed so much. They will be whatever colour suits the occasion and a chance to get power where they don’t get the votes.

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      • billy builder


        20.Mar.2017 3:23pm

        Robin, if you cannot see the difference between the 2010-2015 Tory dominated coalition government where the LibDems were able to temper some of the worst excesses of the Tories and the current unchecked Tory administration then I suspect you need urgent attention. The LibDems are and have always been centre-left and whilst to a hard/loony left Corbyn’ite they might appear to the right, thats only warped reality.

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        • juliancritchley


          20.Mar.2017 3:30pm

          To define the LibDems as “centre-left” after the experience of the coalition, and the Orange Book, would suggest that one believe the “centre” is somewhere to be found in Ian Duncan-Smith’s living room.

          They’re a socially liberal, economically Thatcherite rump of those who didn’t abandon ship when Clegg and his Orange Book mates took over from Kennedy. Now Kennedy could have put down a decent claim at being centre-left. But those days are long gone for the LibDems. The only significant difference between the current LibDems and the Tories is that the LibDems are fervently pro-Remain, while the Tories are fervently pro-Brexit. Other than that, their economic policies are largely identical: crucially, pro-austerity. Every other difference is trivial fluff.

          A shot bolt, and a truly wasted vote.

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          • Steve Goodman


            20.Mar.2017 4:28pm

            There was a time when there was an essential need (for my great great grandfather and others) to create the Labour party and there were reasons to create other parties, but their actions and convergence has increasingly transferred our money and power to a global greedy and harmful elite. Now the only significant difference is between them and anyone green enough to want to work to halt and reverse the damage. Every other difference is trivial fluff. Why waste votes on those wasting our future?

  2. juliancritchley


    20.Mar.2017 2:34pm

    Sadly, the people who’ll be celebrating this the most will be the Tories.

    There’s no room under FPTP on the island to split the non-Tory vote. There will be Tory councillors come May who are there because the Green vote was greater than the difference between them and the Labour candidate who had the only realistic chance of beating them.

    Voters who are inclined to vote Green should first check the local results from 2013. Anywhere except where there is no Labour candidate, a vote for the Greens is essentially a vote for the Conservatives.

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    • Steve Goodman


      20.Mar.2017 2:55pm

      ‘Sadly, and stupidly, there’s increasingly less for people to be celebrating, largely because of Tory type voting and our less than representative flawed system.

      Although there’s little hope of room for improvement under FPTP on the island and beyond, there may well be fewer Tory councillors come May because the urgent need for greener voting and action is growing and is the only realistic chance of improving everyone’s chances of a worthwhile future.

      Voters who are inclined to vote Green should just do it, because a vote for the Greens is essentially a vote for everyone, and everything important.’

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  3. electrickery


    20.Mar.2017 2:45pm

    It’s certainly true that First-past-the-Post has served this country very badly over the years and continues to do so.

    So it’s no surprise that the most organised (ie well-funded) party is dead against any other voting system, thus ensuring that there will be no change so long as they are in power.

    But that’s hardly an excuse for letting them get away with it for evermore. Vote-splitting is a serious problem, but does anyone see any credible opposition amongst factionalised Labour, random LibDems or exploded UKIP? The Green Party offers a rational, sustainable, equitable policy base (which includes moving towards some form of PR), and has enough support to field candidates in almost every ward and parliamentary constituency.

    If you want change, the only way is GREEN!

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    • juliancritchley


      20.Mar.2017 2:51pm

      I’m absolutely with you on PR (I was appalled the LibDems destroyed a once-in-a-generation opportunity for change by putting the risible AV to a referendum).

      But then, Green Party policy and Labour party policy are very similar in lots of ways. There is probably more agreement than disagreement.

      However, until there is a voting system which will allow voters to express preferences for less significant differences between multiple parties, then in the vast majority of seats both here, and around the country, the Greens merely split the left non-Tory vote, and allow the Tories to win by default.

      It’s not fair, but life isn’t fair. In our imperfect system, if you want change from the Tories, the very last thing you should do is vote Green, because it’s almost guaranteed to ensure a Tory gets elected.

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      • electrickery


        20.Mar.2017 3:06pm

        It’s a bit tricky to say what Labour policies are, but it’s true that Greens lean towards Social Democracy. Labour, however, have nothing to gain by pursuing PR, so if we want a more representative voting system, at some stage we will have to elect the only group that will bring it about. Ticking the blue box just perpetuates the current faulty system.

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      • Steve Goodman


        20.Mar.2017 3:09pm

        ‘As Green Party policy and Labour party policy are now very similar in lots of ways, and there is probably more agreement than disagreement (and Labour merely splits the left non-Tory vote and allows the Tories to win by default?), in our imperfect system, for the desperately needed change from the harmful Tories, the very last thing you should do is vote Tory, Labour, etc. because it’s almost guaranteed to ensure that a Tory or somebody insufficiently green gets elected, and that things will become even less fair for people and planet.’

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        • juliancritchley


          20.Mar.2017 3:25pm

          Ok Steve

          You stick to your self-defeating idealism, and I’ll try to work with the unfair realities of the real world.

          If, though, in any of those 24 seats where the Greens are standing, the Tory wins by fewer votes than the difference between the second-placed Labour candidate and the no-chance Green candidate, then that Tory councillor is a direct result of self-defeating self-indulgence.

          I’ve certainly voted tactically in the past for the candidate with the best chance of defeating the Tory. Hopefully, islanders will be hard-headed enough to do the same in May, and vote for the Labour candidates who offer the only realistic alternative to the Tories, now that the LibDems and Independents have collapsed.

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          • Steve Goodman


            20.Mar.2017 3:58pm

            ?

            ‘Ok j

            You stick to your self-defeating idealism, and I’ll continue to work with the stupid realities of the real world.

            If, though, in any seats where anyone is standing, the Tory wins by fewer votes than the difference between the second-placed candidate and the no-chance (Labour?) candidate, then that Tory councillor is a direct result of self-defeating self-indulgence.

            I’ve certainly voted tactically in the past for the candidate with the best chance of doing the right thing. Hopefully, islanders will be hard-headed enough to do the same in May, and vote for the green candidates who offer the only realistic alternative to the harmful ‘business as usual’ people responsible for the collapse of our environmental essentials.’

  4. With Labour putting up more candidates, the Green Party putting up more candidates and presumably the Independent Group putting up a large number of candidates it does, sadly sound like we’re going to see more Tories in seats on the IW, come May.

    How sad so many groups feel the need to bang THEIR drum, rather than sitting down together and figuring out wht drum should be beaten in each ward to face down another Tory onslaught. All the news items in the past few weeks point to another four years of Dreadful Dave and his mates figuring out how they can flog off the remaining public assets and then borrow public money to fund further transfer of public money into private hands.

    We’re going to get shafted all because of party politics.

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    • The only way to be green and to ‘save the planet’ is to stop having children. I heard a shocking statistic recently, that there are more people alive now than have ever lived and died in all of our history. So, with the finite resources being used more and more quickly by more and more people, we either revert to living a simple life and wearing woad, or we reduce the population. Any other suggestions are short term and will only fractionally delay the fateful hour when our world is unable to sustain us any longer. Before then, the animals will die, the crops will die. Remember the Jonie Mitchell song ‘they took all the trees and put them in a tree museum….’
      Eventually the planet will give up on us, and we will die.

      voting green or any other colour won’t help.

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      • Steve Goodman


        20.Mar.2017 4:56pm

        ?
        ‘There are many ways to be green and to more sensibly use the planet we depend on. Halting and reversing unsustainable population growth and limited resource consumption are of course essential. There are now far too many shocking statistics, and many of them refer to the disproportionately damaging consumption of the wealthy, but our collective intelligence means that we have many more choices than ‘either reverting to living a simple life and wearing woad or reducing the population’. Failing to implement suggested improvements is short term avoidance and will only increase costs and hasten the fateful hour when our world is unable to sustain us any longer. Already animals, people, plants, crops, and whole ecosystems are dying or seriously disrupted. Remember the Jonie Mitchell song and the scientist’s warnings over the decades not to give up on our planet – we need but which doesn’t need us.

        Voting and going green is now the only option that would help to minimise more of the same and worse.’

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    • juliancritchley


      20.Mar.2017 3:34pm

      There is indeed a risk that we’ll get shafted by the Tories because some won’t put aside their narcissism of small differences in order to work with the flawed voting system that we have.

      There is only one realistic Party on the island that we know won’t work with the Tories (as the Independents did), will actually oppose the Tories (ie, not LibDems), and have the capacity to do so effectively (not the Greens).

      There’s a clear option for islanders. If they don’t want a Tory council, they have to vote Labour. Anything else is just playing self-defeating games.

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      • Steve Goodman


        20.Mar.2017 5:10pm

        ‘There is indeed a risk that we’ll continue to get shafted by the nasties and the narcists because some won’t put aside their small differences in order to do the work to halt and reverse the damage to what remains of the the failing ecosystem which is all that we have.

        There is only one realistic option on the island and beyond that we must hope will work effectively, whoever has political power (greens).

        There’s a clear option for islanders. If they don’t want more of the same, they have to be and to vote green. Anything else is just playing stupid self-defeating games.’

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    • billy builder


      20.Mar.2017 3:37pm

      Dreadful Dave will do for the Isle of Wight once and for all if he and his party are reelected, as they already have plans to reduce the member count from 40 to 20 and combine with Hampshire, making IOW little more than a district of Hampshire. Once the council has gone the isle of wight will be little more than a dormitory/retirement area subject to the whims of Tory Hanpshire.

      To avoid oblivion we need to ensure that there is a single centre-left candidate in each constituency. That candidate should certainly not be labour, as Labour has never ruled on IOW and in it current extreme left guise stands absolutely no chance of gaining power. I would suggest that the LibDems, Independents and Greens come to an accommodation.

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      • juliancritchley


        20.Mar.2017 4:04pm

        Billy, you know that the residual Green Party openly positions itself as to the left of Labour, right? And that the LibDems you believe to be part of the “centre-left” are not only pro-austerity, but Farron has already said he’d happily prop up another Tory government?

        As for the Independents… ha! What a shambles. Which type of “Independent” did you vote for? The type who did the Tories’ work for them, then quit with weeks to go in the hope we wouldn’t notice? Or the type who still work with the Tories to keep them in power? Or the type who think an extra drink is more important than the safety of islanders on the road? A complete shambles.

        Labour are the only centre-left party on the island, and the only party with the resources and capacity to offer an alternative to the Tories. Anything else is helping to return a Tory council. You may not like that reality, but it nevertheless is a reality.

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        • Steve Goodman


          20.Mar.2017 5:18pm

          ‘We do know that the greens are openly positioned for everybody’s benefit, and that Labour are not yet green enough. Anything less than green is helping to return damaging councils and governments. You may not like that reality, but it nevertheless is not only a reality, but also the most urgent and important reality.’

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          • juliancritchley


            20.Mar.2017 5:27pm

            Steve, that whole parrot thing wasn’t particularly clever the first time. It’s not getting any less tedious.

            Perhaps you might consider why you find yourself adopting my arguments almost verbatim, as opposed to being able to come up with any of your own?

          • Steve Goodman


            20.Mar.2017 6:05pm

            ‘Isn’t the ‘parrot thing’ just one (clever or not) way to respond to (clever or not) points made? It’s not going to get any less valid, is it?.

            Perhaps people might be left alone to consider the merit of all arguments, comments, and responses as opposed to possibly being bored by somebody interrupting to share their feelings of tedium – especially when what we need most are ideas and actions like those I continue to share (and sometimes to instigate, as regular readers may have noticed – not that it really matters in the big picture, unlike the green stuff)?

        • billy builder


          20.Mar.2017 5:54pm

          Most governments in europe are coalition governments. That is several parties of different political persuasion working together, with the smaller parties having to compromise most. Any PR or AV solution will require compromise government.

          As a point of note in the last year the LibDems have won 31 council byelections taking seats off both labour and tory. They have also won one parliamentary election. Tories in Tory LibDem constituencies fear the LibDems as do labour in libdem labour contests.

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        • Weatherman


          20.Mar.2017 8:06pm

          juliancritchley

          Trying to sell Corbyn’s Labour as a party of the Centre Left is being rather disingenuous, and is a rather strange route to be taking.

          The truth is Labour is no longer a Party of the centre, and to be fair it does not even pretend to be.

          I am sure many Labour members would not be best pleased with where you are positioning their Party.

          After all the upheaval of the past two years the least they would expect is a good old blast of left wing retroact, fighting for the centre ground is so yesterdays politics.

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  5. For me local elections = local issues. Not what is going on in the U.K. Where do the Greens stand on the fixed link?

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    • oh not the fixed link again.

      do you have any idea of the upheaval such a link would cause? do you pay any attention to other tunnels. the size of the earthworks needed? Either the run in would need to be so steep we’d need either steps or a cog railway to get down into it, or you’d need a speed restriction to stop cars overshooting and ending up over the Undercliff! It will need more than a tunnel entrance you know. I’ve just been looking at the second bridge crossing over the Mersey, and the run up to that is huge! We’ll have no island left, just a great mound of earth where Arreton and Merston used to be..

      then today it was pointed out to me that the way some people drive on this island they’d be forever crashing into the walls and blocking the tunnel…

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  6. Robert Jones


    20.Mar.2017 4:21pm

    The anti-Tory vote is split, as it always has been; the Tory vote was in danger of being split by UKIP, but that party has imploded on the Isle of Wight ahead of its national implosion, and this is going to give the Tories a free run against their opponents. And we don’t even know how many Independents, the official type and the rest, will be standing yet.

    I do not welcome the Greens’ decision, which I suspect was made rather late in the day judging from what some of them were saying privately, to stand this number of candidates; because they will further fragment an already split vote. By concentrating on their areas of strength, they could have hoped to establish a bridgehead in a council consisting of a number of opposition parties. It’s always foolhardy to forecast the result of any election, but the likelihood is that all they will do now is ensure Tory victories throughout the island.

    One day, the left and centre will realize that there’s only one way to beat the Tory party, and that’s to fight them as one until we can at least achieve Proportional Representation. I don’t expect my party to welcome that comment, but a fragmented opposition is never likely to beat a party which appeals to so extensive a selection of older voters, while the national press is almost uniformly on their side and more than willing to do their public relations for them, and while constituency boundaries favour them too and will favour them even more in quite short order – certainly before 2020.

    Mrs May is likely, I would think, to seek to delay an election until then (it would indeed be a little difficult, though not impossible, for her to call an election earlier) because everything other than the economy – and here be dragons – will favour her party. And what will the centre and left be doing? Still fighting each other, or grasping at last that if you want change, you have to make compromises in order to achieve it?

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    • Vix Lowthion


      20.Mar.2017 7:30pm

      “I do not welcome the Greens’ decision, which I suspect was made rather late in the day judging from what some of them were saying privately…”

      Who are you listening to? Not the Green committee, members, monthly meeting, regional party or national party. There is nothing ‘late in the day’ about this. I suggest you’re not listening to the right people.

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  7. Robert Jones


    20.Mar.2017 4:24pm

    PS – At least I don’t see Bob Blezzard in their line-up – was wondering where he’d pop up next….

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  8. Let’s see some costings …. and where the money is going to come from….

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  9. Neil Oliver


    20.Mar.2017 5:51pm

    9.5 k votes for Green in the General election, spread across the island could provide lots of Green county councillors. If you want change, really want change support the Greens, help the Greens win and come the next general election well…………….

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    • We’re supposedly broke …. where are the Greens finding the money to fix the island woes? They are going to find themselves in the same position as the Indies / Tories and any other party. Unless they have a magic wand we don’t know about.

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      • Steve Goodman


        20.Mar.2017 6:45pm

        Our whole country, like nearly all others, is broke and has been for some time, but we will be allowed to continue to spend, to keep borrowing, and to keep paying interest on our debts until the banks and other lenders stop pretending that magic credit and debt are more important than the truly valuable essentials, like self-sufficiency in sustainable food and energy provision in an increasingly damaged and unpredictable world.

        Any local politicians should push to improve the Island’s economy and environment; greens do generally know more about the relevant science, options, and good practice, and are generally much more sincere about actually doing things in ways which are most likely to benefit everybody in the long term.

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  10. Rod Manley


    20.Mar.2017 5:51pm

    One of the focus areas should be the NHS.

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  11. I heard Vix Lothian isn’t standing. Is this true? If she truly believes in the greater Green cause she should stand and put herself under public scrutiny. If it’s true – all rather odd.

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  12. So education is not a focus, despite underpinning the economy focus, and others. Is that because they think it’s fixed, that they cannot influence it, cannot afford it, or other?

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    • Vix Lowthion


      20.Mar.2017 8:23pm

      We would like to focus on everything – economy, environment, transport, housing, education, health, resources, democracy. Reality is, councils have had the power to direct education taken away from them. No new schools can be built by councils, more schools are being encouraged/ forced to become academies and federations. Education is increasingly being taken out of Local Authority control and given to big Multi academy trusts.

      We have lots to say on this! But an IW Council local election is nowadays probably not the most appropriate platform.

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      • billy builder


        21.Mar.2017 11:04am

        I suspect the greatest challenge for the Isle of Wight will be to prevent the Tories handing the council lock stock a two smoking barrels to Hampshire and becoming a Hampshire borough rather than an authority in is own right. To prevent this it is essential that all center->left parties reach an accommodation and do not complete within constituencies. As to do so will surely return a Tory administration that will betray the IOW, giving control to Hampshire

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  13. Debbie Andre


    20.Mar.2017 10:40pm

    The list of confirmed candidates standing in each ward will be published on April 5th. I suggest we wait until then to continue this discussion.

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  14. If the Greens and Labour are putting all their supporters up as candidates who is going to vote for them ?

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  15. Christine Lightbody


    21.Mar.2017 9:12am

    From a lay person’s point of view,I find it truly unbelievable that the Greens and Labour (who agree on so many policies) will sacrifice the chance of beating the Tories because they refuse to come together to agree an election strategy to defeat this heartless, self satisfying and dishonest bunch who hold all the power on our Island. For the Tories to remain in control will be a death knoll for all of us. Please don’t let this happen ….

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    • Why do you think there is no strategy? With over 1000 Labour members and over 9000 Green votes in 2015, surely these parties could have easily put forward the full slate of 40 candidates. It’s looks to me like they do not have 80 candidates (I think it’s 31+24=55) through choice.

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  16. I’ll vote for a candidate that has no more than two children (population control) and will refuse to take up the basic councillor’s allowance. If all did this, it could save IWC nearly £300,000 which could be put to needed services and jobs.

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    • Steve Goodman


      21.Mar.2017 2:17pm

      I’ll happily vote for a candidate that earns their councillor’s allowance by bothering to serve properly; as seen, and reported here OTW, not everybody taking our money makes the effort, which involves a lot of reading and meetings, and more.

      One example of good value for money work deserving our gratitude; Phil Jordan and his work on the seriously problematic roads PFI scam bequeathed to Islanders by councillors who obviously made less of an effort to understand it before enthusiastically dumping it on us.

      (I’ll also happily hand over my ‘no kids credit’ to any suitable candidate otherwise unappealing to those who might be unduly bothered by that.)

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      • juliancritchley


        21.Mar.2017 4:27pm

        Phil Jordan? The man convicted of drink-driving only two months ago? Who was twice over the legal limit while holding the “public protection” portfolio for the Independents?

        That Phil Jordan?

        You think that was money well spent on a man who placed island families in jeopardy of their lives because he fancied another drink?

        My word, I thought the Green Party was many things, but supporters of drunken drivers wasn’t one of those until today.

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        • Phil Jordan is one of the most accessible, hard working councillors we have. He made a mistake. He paid for it.
          I think everyone is allowed one mistake. Juliancritchley….
          Presumably not your real name ?

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          • juliancritchley


            21.Mar.2017 5:16pm

            Yes, it’s my real name. And that’s more than a mistake. It’s a conscious decision to put other people at risk in order to down another pint. Frankly, I’d have thought the honourable response to the disgrace of being convicted for a crime would be to do some contemplation as a private citizen.

            Unlike Phil Jordan, I actually live in Ryde North West, and I certainly don’t want to be represented by a man who has such reckless disregard for the safety of his fellow citizens, and such poor judgement as to believe that it can all be brushed immediately under the carpet.

            I have a cousin who has spent the last thirty years suffering from the brain injury caused when a drunken driver like Mr Jordan knocked him off his motorbike. I’ll take no lectures about how this is “just a mistake”. It’s a crime, one which causes bereavement and misery to thousands of families every single year, and making excuses for that is unacceptable, in my opinion.

            I was genuinely shocked when I heard he was planning to stand again. I think it demonstrates his contempt for the people of Ryde North West at least as much as his original decision to commit the crime, and I will do everything in my power to ensure he is not elected again.

            I am, to be honest, also pretty shocked at you making excuses for him.

          • Monitor Maid


            21.Mar.2017 7:57pm

            Are you standing as a councillor in Ryde Julian Critchley?

        • Steve Goodman


          21.Mar.2017 8:15pm

          My word.

          1. For the reasons given there is good cause to say that Phil Jordan’s councillor’s allowance was money was well spent.

          2. For those like j/Julian who may be seeing things not visible to the rest of us (co-incidentally and sadly most people I’ve met over the decades who do that do so because they are either influenced by alcohol or other recreational chemicals, or are differently blessed), it may be necessary to point out that my comment obviously did not ‘support drink driving’, nor did it somehow mean that the Green Party would.

          3. To deal in advance with any unjustified residual confusion, I have not and would not support the behaviour of any irresponsible driver endangering anyone else by intoxication, speeding, using ‘phones, or any other recklessness or carelessness – partly because as a sixteen year old present at the scene of a serious car crash (three casualties, one died later) caused by a drunk driver, I was the only person there to do anything to help (I’d learned some first aid) until the emergency services arrived, and partly because for a large part of my working life I chose to be paid to deal with the consequences and prevention of that sort of thing.

          4. As some of us have previously pointed out here, there are plenty of other local and national serving councillors and MPs whose private and/or post-related behaviour has been dangerous/ dishonest/ otherwise unpleasant, and there are other serving Island politicians in that category who are less valuable to us than PJ. (And back on topic, as far as I know all the Greens are ‘clean’ candidates, if that helps.)

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          • Hear hear ! No one supports drink driving . But the fact remains that Phil has always been hard working, accessible, balanced and clever and that makes him a valuable councillor. Anyone who could untangle the nightmare PFI contract bequeathed to us by the tories has my vote.

      • Sally Perry


        22.Mar.2017 10:54am

        This thread has gone way off topic.

        A reminder this is an article about Green party candidates standing in the local elections.

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    • So you only want wealthy people and/or retirees to represent us? Sounds like Conservative Party paradise.

      Being an effective Councillor, particularly if you are in the Executive can be like having a full-time job. By not having any allowance you would massively restrict those able to do it and would have obvious negative effects on democracy.

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  17. You know, what I want in a Cllr. is someone with something between their ears. some understanding of the laws of motivation, and of unintended consequenses.
    The majority of what I see written on this site is bile, spite and vitriol. What we need are people of vision, who understand that running a council is not an easy job, or a lucrative job, but who can make the numbers add up without resorting to whinging and blaming everything on the government, of whatever persuasion.

    People who understand, for instance, that taking ASDA’s 30 pieces of silver will result in a major blow to the heart of Newport, and not just the food stores. People who have the lack of understanding to call that 30 pieces of silver a ‘windfall’ shows the lack of comprehension of the outcome of their actions.

    People who understand what the USP of this island is, what it is that brings visitors, and their money, to this island. Those visitors want and need open and decent toilet facilities, car parks, and to see that we are taking care of our coastline, not letting it decay away.

    This island has a wealth of local produce, and we ought to make more of it than food markets, it ought to be available all of the time in every high street. Ah yes, the high streets, their boarded up shops, the dereliction, the buildings allowed to fall into decay. These are not signs that we believe in our island, that we want it to prosper, they re signs that our council is not taking steps to make people look after those properties.

    I want a council that understands how to attract inward investment, and gets on with doing it.

    Is that too much to ask?

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    • Suruk the Slayer


      22.Mar.2017 8:46am

      ***”The majority of what I see written on this site is bile, spite and vitriol.”***

      I wonder if you see the irony in that comment?

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    • billy builder


      22.Mar.2017 8:54am

      tr, I couldn’t agree more. We need people who are able to appreciate the bigger picture and assess the impact of a potential change. People who can consider the possible consequences of an action, both planned and unintentional. This is true for all politicians both local and national, but appears to be something that is sadly lacking both nationally and locally at present.

      With regard to boarded up shops and derelict property/land in town centres, then you need to enact the LibDem suggested policy of charging council tax/business rates on that derelict property/land based on the previous use of that land.

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    • I’m afraid that councils simply do not have powers to require people to look after their properties, unless they’re listed buildings…but it’s convenient to blame somebody, rather than the owners of these buildings themselves..

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      • billy builder


        22.Mar.2017 9:30am

        The LibDem proposed policy would give Councils the ability to level council tax or business rates on derelict land or property. All you need to do is to vote LibDem and when they ascend to power all will be well :-)

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      • Steve Goodman


        22.Mar.2017 10:59am

        One useful way forward when owners and authorities neglect properties and other valuable assets would be more direct action by those who do care – a further one would be for such action to be supported by those who first failed to prevent the need to do so.

        No apologies for now mentioning the relevant loved and listed former Frank James Memorial Hospital, where our years of direct action stopped the rot and has now resulted in the owners doing the work to return the site to use for housing.

        Green thinking would have prevented the waste and the need for our green action, would have saved precious materials and a great deal of money, and would have avoided the need for the last Con. council to have only themselves to blame for choosing not to fulfil their legal and moral obligations.

        Another easy way forward which will benefit everybody is to vote for those who genuinely know and care about what really matters instead of those who have let us down for so long.

        Even those who govern us are governed by the limits of nature and science. We need to convince those in power to get greener, if only to make the best use of our money and other resources, and until they do we need to do more for ourselves.

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