Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Letter to Beverley Guardian - hypocrisy

Dear Sir,

A meeting has been called in Beverley  this Friday 25th Nov at 2pm  about increasing homelessness and  lack of jobs in the area (for detail call  874096).  Considering the ConDem policies of blaming/punishing the poor (by cutting public services and pensions)  for the sins and greed of the banks  and corporations ,  it’s a bit rich that our MP has expressed concern about the issues and may attend this meeting.  Unfortunately we can’t be there,  but if we were, we would be asking him exactly how he thinks that his turbo-capitalist policies are going to help.   It’s the government’s job to understand the big picture and act accordingly….but all it is doing is promoting business as usual.  It’s repeating the mistakes of the 1930s.   It’s so tied in with the toxic financial, commercial, energy and military  ‘establishment’ that it can’t accept that things have to change radically now (in light of the crises in oil, most other resources, climate,  economy, ecology and society)  to promote  local economies and local sustainability – as in the Transition Towns initiative ( and there is now a local group) and explained by the Green Party deputy leader  next Thursday Dec 1st at Norwood Methodist Church, 7.30pm.   

The Government will say it is trying to promote ‘growth’ (ie supporting the CITY of London,  big business and more globalisation -  the very things responsible for global physical and economic overheating,  wars for resources, arms proliferation,  etc.)  It is blinkered,  to say the least.     Einstein said:     ‘We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them’.  We are overdue for a big (positive and exciting) change in our thinking.

We do hope that others will make these points at the meeting    (as well as trying to find ways to patch up the expanding holes in the local economy and services)

Shan Oakes
East Riding  Green Party