My blog of yesterday, about what Labour could do to win back some green voters, seems to have struck a chord.
Or actually, I think it is just yet another example of social media showing me (and others) that there are plenty of others out there in the big, wide world who are thinking similarly to us.
Do have a look at my blog and particularly the comments on it. It’s a small sample, but there are plenty of people thinking of leaving Labour for the Greens it seems – some of them have already gone. That won’t include me for a while yet but I can feel the tug. Tug! Tug!
Labour are also feeling they must react to this trend too, but the ham-fisted Guardian article by Sadiq Khan is more likely to drive more people into the arms of the Greens than to persuade them to stay. Although it is stated that voting for Labour is voting for a green government there is pressure little evidence adduced in the article. It’s all about the past, and attacking the Greens, rather than persuading us that Labour has a green coat. Tug! Tug!
And I am grateful to Paul for pointing me, and you, I suggest, to the Political Compass website. By going through the questions I discover I am very much a ‘Libertarian Leftie’ – apparently Gandhi and I were on the same wavelength which surprised me and might have shocked him. But I am positioned right next to the Green Party on the relevant chart. Tug! Tug!
Now, I don’t know how good this website is. Maybe whatever answers you put in it tells you that you are a Green! Where is Trimbush when you need him? I’d be interested to hear whether others find themselves positioned in a place that surprised them. I’m not asking you to say where you are positioned (though you are very welcome to do so) but just whether it was where you expected.
Vote for Policies is another similar (and maybe even better) website which tells me that I am Green. Tug! Tug!
The Labour manifesto had better be inspiring or else support will bleed away. There are plenty of good environmental policies that can go into the manifesto to distinguish Labour from the Tories – let’s see them please. Otherwise – Tug! Tug!