10 May
2017

Boxing the Green Compass

Boxing the compass is a sailor’s exercise where all 32 points of the mariner’s compass are named in clockwise order starting from North. On board ship it is essential for everyone to be using the same technical language without pause for thought in order to communicate essential information.

As Greens we occupy a unique position philosophically, socially and politically. The green movement itself can be a broad church encompassing different, and sometimes conflicting, points of view. Over time the movement has altered direction in response to changing emphasis on different aspects of the underlying philosophies.

We too need ways to describe our individual and collective position and direction of travel.

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01 May
2017

Those who fail to learn from history repeat it

So here’s the scenario – a conservative prime minister faced with problems over Europe, continuing and growing economic difficulties, opposed by Labour in disarray and Liberals reduced to a taxicab-full  calls a snap election. The commentariate and the opinion polls predict an easy conservative win.

Sounds familiar ? – the year is 1974.

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