Had an interesting time yesterday on Women’s Hour, tackling the rather odd notion that the Green Party is anti-women. Odd – for the party that wants to significantly increase the minimum wage (two-thirds of its earners are female), to legislate to force 40% on boards of major companies, that has the best policies on access to maternity care and on provision of services for victims of domestic violence and funding rape crisis centres.
Actually, the focus turned out to be more on lower-income women, with the rather old, tired claim that the Greens were asking them to make impossible sacrifices for organic chicken or unrealistic recycling plans.
As I pointed out, at the very core of being involved in the Green Party as part of the green movement is the focus on political action to change the way society works to make sustainable living easier and practical for all: individual action is fine and to be encouraged, but can’t possibly be the answer to the critical environmental and social issues we face.
We want to introduce free school meals for all pupils (organic whenever possible), to insulate for free every home that needs it, saving an average of £150/year, and to vastly improve public transport and pedestrian routes. Green politics is about making life easier, not about moralising.