This Manifesto throws down a challenge to the business-as-usual
politics at Westminster. Unless this challenge is accepted, our
current complacency, a generation hence, will look strange indeed.
The Cold War ended? In Russia alone, there are over 8,000 nuclear
warheads. The economic boom? Nearly a third of UK children live
in poverty and two thirds of the workforce are no longer in secure,
holidays-and-benefits jobs. The natural environment? Last winter's
floods, early symptoms of global warming, tell their own, deeply
No other party seriously addresses these issues. The Green Party
not only addresses them, we see how they link up. Wealth distribution
as we know it - the 'jobs' system - is coming to an end. Industry
must be transformed for environmental survival.
These are two sides of the same coin. The economy of the future,
where people come before production, will need rounded, feeling
individuals, not trained robots, which means education, too, must
be radically reformed.
Greens are reaching for a just society, able to meet these challenges.
This is a mighty task, and we have much to learn. But we must never
retreat into the cynicism that currently engulfs Westminster politics.
One hundred and sixty years ago life expectancy for a Manchester
labourer was just seventeen. Today a Mancunian can expect to live
till seventy plus. Politics can change lives, and today's politics
must change the world.
Separately, we can do little. Together, everything is possible.
Reach for the future. Join us.
Reach for the future
A just economics
The just society