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GLD Challenge 2019-20 front cover (Northwest_Crown_Fire_Experiment © wikimedia)Welcome to the Green Liberal Democrats. the "environmental conscience" of our Party

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  • From the Chair
    Article: Apr 9, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    The Times They Are A Changin' … Part 2

    I revealed last week that the word "unprecedented" was in position 7753 in terms of frequency of use. In the last week it has moved up to occupy position 4450 in the "most frequently used words in English" list. An unprecedented shift!

    We are now over a week further into our global pandemic as I write this and I now have a sense that the wheels are… , if not yet falling off the wagon, … they are wobbling a bit. In this country the Government`s continual reassurances about deliveries of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) have been challenged repeatedly by front line staff in hospitals and GP practices and social care services, who say they don`t have what they need. Also, the Government`s reasons for testing quantities being much lower than in Germany and South Korea (shortage of swabs and staff and chemical reagent availability) have been challenged publicly.

  • Marion Wolstencroft (Marion Wolstencroft)
    Article: Apr 1, 2020
    By Marion Wolstencroft

    A unique opportunity to prepare for sustainable choices in 2021.

    Graham's 'Chair's Briefing' in Challenge Winter 2019-20 was timely. Most people accept the reality of climate change, some of the consequences and the need for us to change; but there is NO direction, policy or leadership in how ordinary people can start to make changes. Business and public organisations are beginning this process for their particular operations and will continue to do so if public policy demands this.

  • From the Chair
    Article: Mar 25, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    The Times They Are A Changin' [Part 1...]

    The Bob Dylan song from the early 1960s sprang to mind earlier when I was thinking about coronavirus and its consequences, many of which are unprecedented.

    Unprecedented… so, I looked this word up on a word analyser and discovered it was thought to be the 7,753rd most common word in the English language, but I am guessing its position will have changed recently, jumping a few hundred positions lately in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Page 63 of GLD Challenge magazine 2019-2020 (GLD Challenge Magazine)
    Article: Mar 20, 2020
    By George Miles

    The Free and Open Source software used for GLD Challenge magazine 2019-20 was Scribus (for DTP), LibreOffice (for wordprocessing), Gimp (for editing photos) and Inkscape (for editing line diagrams). ( Kdenlive edits videos, Audacity edits sound. )

    They can all be downloaded free for Macs, Windows and Linux. They are opensource: users can suggest and code improvements. Popular programs like these have many youtube tutorials.

  • Keith Melton (Keith Melton)
    Article: Mar 20, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    The Case for Emergency Universal Basic Income: NOW

    As I started writing this article my intention was to start from the general economic implications of the coronavirus pandemic and work my way towards my conclusion, but it was feeling too slow! So I am just going to dive in and say "NOW is the time to start with a Universal Basic Income (*UBI) and we can work out a more nuanced approach as we learn from experience"

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    Article: Mar 18, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    The observant internal election "nerds" amongst you will perhaps recall that, although I did not quite manage to make it onto the Federal Conference Committee in the 2019 Party elections, I was actually "Last Man Standing" in the single transferable vote as the counts progressed!

    I am happy to report that the FCC have reached out to me (prompted, kindly, by Duncan Brack, I gather) because they have decided to set up a subgroup to look at the issues that need to be addressed to make the Federal Conferences more environmentally responsible. The sub-group is chaired by the FCC Vice Chair Cara Williams and in a January email exchange we agreed that I should write a short piece inviting ideas from GLD members about changes that should be considered to progress the greening process. The original piece appeared on our website…

  • From the Chair
    Article: Mar 16, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    From the chair - 2020 vision

    Hello all.

    This is my first article for the GLD website as newly elected Chair of the Green Liberal Democrats. So, my first happy task is to say a big `thank you` to all of you who voted for me. My second task is to say `thank you` to Peter Bruce for a friendly `campaign` and an even bigger `thank you` to him for all the sterling work he has done over a considerable time as Vice Chair, Organisation.

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    Article: Mar 15, 2020
    By Kevin Daws and George Miles in GLD Challenge magazine 2019-20

    Reflections on the 2019 General Election

    There is no question that the 2019 General Election was a disaster both for the Liberal Democrats and for this country.

    Where did we go wrong?

    When Jo Swinson was elected our new leader following the skilful leadership of Sir Vince Cable and the fantastic results in the May 2019 local elections and the June European Election, she had a hard act to follow. Any new leader wishes to make their mark and Jo was no exception and she made the decision to move from 'Bollocks to Brexit' to 'Revoke Article 50' and, in my opinion, she wanted to make that move not just to make her mark but because Labour would move their position at their Annual Conference to supporting a Peoples' Vote which would squeeze the LibDem Vote. On this basis many LibDems, like myself, did not speak out and say that this was a mistake but we should have done. Whilst Jo made a mistake we as members also made a mistake by not questioning and challenging her new strategy.

    In my opinion the second mistake that the Party and its leadership made was to oppose moving the date to achieve Zero Carbon date from 2045 to 2040 or earlier. Climate Change and the environment was a major issue for the LibDems but we were marginalised both because other parties were credibly arguing for an earlier Zero Carbon date and also because of the perception that our leader failed to positively promote and explain our policies during Channel 4s Climate Change debate.

    The third mistake was that as a party we appeared to have ditched our targeting strategy and I think this contributed both to the defeat of Tom Brake in Carshalton & Wallington as well as to Jo's own defeat.

    Green & Radical Liberalism

    Since the removal of Charles Kennedy as Liberal Democrat leader most, if not all, of his successors have conveniently forgotten that the LibDems do best when we fight on a radical platform rather than wooing the Tory vote. You only have to look at the election successes under Charles Kennedy's leadership in 2001 and 2005 and it was those same radical policies that contributed to our success in 2010.

    Whoever the next leader of the Liberal Democrats is they need to have the courage to adopt radical policies along with radical and targeted campaigning strategies.

    Kevin Daws

    Liberator magazine has many reviews of the November 2019 General Election campaign and many ideas of how to do better next time, from Tony Greaves and others.

    'YELLOW TORIES' was a hurtful insult to me, a Green Liberal!

    Ed Davey, Don Foster Chris Huhne and other LibDem MPs did great things in the Cameron / Clegg coalition to fight climate change, but, because all ministers had to vote with the coalition whip, the voting record of Jo and our other MPs looked far less green than most of Labour's. They used this in their F*c*book memes.

    Libdem strategists believed Farage when he promised to stand a Brexit Party candidate in every seat,
    but then he didn't.

    George Miles

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    Article: Mar 14, 2020
    By Linda Johnson in GLD Challenge magazine 2019-20

    The Proceedings of the 'How to Go Greener Day'

    Organized by Beverley Methodist Circuit Social Responsibility Group

    At Toll Gavel United Church Beverley, HU17 9AA

    Saturday 30th March 2019 10.00am - 4.00pm

    By Lara S H Blythe

    Psalm 24: "The Earth is the Lord's and everything in it"

    Putting the 'How to Go Greener Day' into perspective

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    Article: Mar 14, 2020
    By Steve Bolter in GLD Challenge magazine 2019-20

    Calling out Carbon Neutral target dates is pretty Meaningless Gesture Politics.

    Despite large demonstrations and media coverage, the general public's awareness of the seriousness of climate change had been developing only slowly, limiting public support for serious measures to tackle it.

GLD Challenge 2019-20 front cover (Northwest_Crown_Fire_Experiment © wikimedia)WELCOME to GLD

the "environmental conscience" of the Liberal Democrats

Climate change is the biggest challenges of our generation. Countries around the world urgently need to implement the commitments made in 2015 at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. Some countries are making significant progress but the UK is currently failing to demonstrate clear political leadership to address the urgent environmental problems facing the planet. The Green Liberal Democrats seek to influence political policies, both within the Liberal Democrats and across the wider political spectrum.

Our objectives are to:

  • promote a green approach to policy formation within the Liberal Democrats.

  • provide information and political education from a green perspective to party activists and elected representatives.

  • establish and develop links with the wider green movement.

  • welcome those that share our aims into the Green Liberal Democrats, to encourage participation in its activities and to ensure equality of opportunity for all members.

We seek to build support within the electorate for the transition to a green economy. If you would like to become involved there is a wide range of opportunities to contribute your skills, knowledge and enthusiasm. Join on line here.

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