The Green Party is reaching
for the future. We are working to create a caring and secure society
in Britain, at peace with itself and the world; a multicultural
society, in harmony with nature, where justice underpins every aspect
of national life.
We are already having an effect. Green Party policies that were
once marginal are becoming mainstream. Our rejection of road building
is widely shared. The Government has begun to write off 'third world'
debt. Nuclear power is seen as a threat, not an asset, and the reality
of climate change is accepted. But there is still much to be done.
Successive governments have realised the necessity of our Green
solutions. They have made speeches, issued white papers, and signed
international treaties. Yet almost always, they have failed to act.
Why? Because to put people and the planet before profits would have
been considered 'unreal-istic' when so many powerful vested interests
are at stake.
It's not as if they failed to act because they were too busy delivering
benefits elsewhere. There might be more material wealth in our society
than ever before, but it is bought at a heavy price. It is spread
increasingly unfairly between rich and poor. It is not used, as
it should be, to provide decent public services and quality of life
for all. As a result, our health service is failing and our railways
are crumbling. Stress, depression and juvenile delinquency stand
at record levels.
This manifesto presents the policies to cure these ills and make
our vision real - policies that will provide for our needs without
denying those of future generations; share wealth fairly at home
and abroad; gain control of the spiralling global economy; and give
everyone a stake in how our society is run.
More and more people are trusting the Green Party to provide not
just the ideas, but also the political leadership to make them happen.
At the last European elections British Green MEPs were elected for
the first time. We hold seats in the London Assembly and Scottish
Parliament. We have more councillors now than ever before.
We are reaching for a future that is sustainable and just. Join
us. Vote Green.
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