Thanks to Danny for the blurb:
Recession is a double danger to the Green Party – it can squeeze both our electoral support and our membership.
As people become focused on immediate bread-and-butter issues – jobs, prices – they come to see other questions (such as the environment, social progress) as peripheral.
At such a time it becomes easy for the grey parties and the popular media to portray us as the party that says “no”. Our critical approach to “growth at all costs” and to over-development exposes us to cheap accusations that we oppose the very things that are most needed.
This problem is especially acute in the South East, where so much is now geared to the expectation of constant, rapid growth.
The challenge is to position ourselves as the most progressive party in town; to make clear the connection between our Green agenda and the solutions to today’s problems.
Reading Green Party will host a discussion of these issues for members of the Green Party in the South East. This discussion will be led by Derek Wall, prominent Green activist and expert economic commentator.
Meeting: Recession - The Policy Challenge for Greens in the South East
Speaker: Derek Wall
Date: Wednesday 3rd December 2008
Location: Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), 35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS (upstairs, main hall)
Open to all Green Party members in the South East - if you're not a member why not join?
Enquiries to: Rob White (0118 950 4062)