Green party leadership: ‘I am different from the rest’


11:21 am - August 8th 2012

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contribution by Pippa Bartolotti

I guess I start in a different place. I grew up in a small fishing village just as small scale fishing was to become a thing of the past, I witnessed proud men working in small crafts on the often terrifying sea, reduced almost overnight to hollow unemployment.

From then on I knew there would be no work in our village, so I looked beyond it. My sense of security and independence quickly encouraged me to start my own business.

I have started and developed four such businesses. I have been an employer; I have agonised over where the next order was coming from, and stayed awake at night knowing that despite my best efforts I would have to let a good employee go in the morning.

I have known the husbands, wives, partners and children of many of the people I worked with, and felt the burden of responsibility weigh heavier than a coat of lead.

I have known success and defeat. I have worked in fashion, electronics and software, been a civil servant, a mother, a wife. I have travelled long and far and am a woman of the world. There are few situations which surprise me.

I know the joy of old friends and the cold steel of the backstabber. I have proved I am a survivor, and that makes me different.

Politics in the Green Party is like life. You have to take the rough with the smooth.

Politics on a national scale is challenging and hard. That is why I have allowed myself to be put forward for the leadership position in the Green Party of England and Wales.

I know I can shine in this role, even though I do not seek it for myself.

I may not tell the party faithful what they want to hear, but I am a good communicator, and am dedicated to developing our message so that it can be broadcast understood and accepted way beyond the boundaries of traditional green thinkers.


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As long as people aren’t being cloned, I would hope that EVERYBODY is “different from the rest”.

“I know I can shine in this role, even though I do not seek it for myself.”

All you have to do is withdraw then…

So apart from being willing to not tell the “party faithful what they want to hear”, what else would you do?

How would you try to attract new members? How would you try to increase your electoral support? How would you divide the party’s resources between electoral politics and campaigning? How would you try to influence policy direction?

The other candidates all supplied answers to these questions. Possibly because they decided to seek the role…..

Well, it’s certainly different

Yes – but what about the failure of the banks to lend to small businesses?

What do the Greens, with your leadership, propose that the government should to do about that?

“I witnessed proud men working in small crafts on the often terrifying sea”

Small crafts or small craft ? I must admit I wouldn’t fancy carpentry, bookbinding or leatherworking in a storm myself.

But it would be good if the Green Party had a leader with some real world experience – we have a social worker (Crainie), a “writer and journalist” (Bennett), and a semi-professional activist (Phoenix – although she does have the whole Earth Mother bit down beautifully).

6. Chaise Guevara

@ OP

“I know I can shine in this role, even though I do not seek it for myself. ”

Care to clarify that?

@ Laban

“But it would be good if the Green Party had a leader with some real world experience – we have a social worker (Crainie), a “writer and journalist” (Bennett), and a semi-professional activist (Phoenix – although she does have the whole Earth Mother bit down beautifully).”

Let me guess: your definition of the “real world” is very selective yet includes yourself, yes?

@CG – someone who’s run a business or even worked in one would be nice.

I wonder what Romayne Phoenix’s original name was?

8. Chaise Guevara

@ 7 Laban

“someone who’s run a business or even worked in one would be nice.”

Fine, if that’s what you’re prioritising, but please don’t define “real world” so as to arbitrarily declare that public sector workers, freelancers et al are somehow inferior. It’s an old and annoying fallacy (although the definition used differs based on how the speaker wants to skew the argument). TBH I’m really not sure that working in a randomly selected business reflects more helpful experience than working as a social worker or journo.

“I wonder what Romayne Phoenix’s original name was?”

To be fair, that could just as easily be the fault of thoughtless parents.

Well, at least it’s not the formulaic crap we get from just about all politicians – greens included as the other candidates’ job interview ‘speeches’ were the usual list of self-promotion and things that will never happen – and it’s vaguely entertaining.

Mind you, I’d favour Jack Duckworth and Pat Phoenix to do a good job over Will Duckworth and Romayne Phoenix. They’d certainly connect with the average Joe and Joanne and wouldn’t have to give it the ‘ooo, I’m working class, me’ that seems to be in vogue.

“I may not tell the party faithful what they want to hear,”

Care to back up that assertion by actually saying something Green Part members don’t want to hear?

11. Chaise Guevara

@ 10 john

“Care to back up that assertion by actually saying something Green Part members don’t want to hear?”

Here, have some foie gras.

12. Planeshift

“Care to back up that assertion by actually saying something Green Part members don’t want to hear?”

“you don’t win friends with salad….”

13. sackcloth and ashes

Hey Pippa, how did you enjoy hanging out with the Syrian Social Nationalist Party?

Didn’t you notice something a bit suss about their banner as you waved it? Or did you feel like you were amongst kindred spirits?

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