Thursday, February 21, 2008


Love the environment? check. 
Always recycle, place litter in bins, turn the lights off?  check
Wanna do your bit for Mother Earth? check
Thought that voting Green might be the answer?    check

Before you do so, you might want to read their policies first.  This is from the British Green Party's Policy page.  

It starts so promisingly. 
'We believe in people taking control of their own lives.'

Gotta love that. But here's the rest, 

'Stop Britain's public services from being forced open to international competition and privatisation.
Measure economic benefits in terms of quality of life, development of people and care for the environment, as well as money in the bank. (Ed - that must be the Happiness Index, where Happiness = Reality/Expectations)
Campaign for a binding legal framework for corporate social responsibility.
Raise the rate of Corporation Tax to 40% (from 30%)
Ban supermarkets from further store openings.
Place restrictions on global free trade

'The Greens believe in education being for the public good, and publicly-funded.'

'Re-nationalisation of Britain's railways and re-regulation of our buses.'

Peace and Justice
'Poverty and oppression still fuel conflict and nurture extremism. The people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine still long for real peace.  (Ed - this is a real White Thing - claiming to speak on behalf of other cultures)
Progress is not the inequality that comes from half the world living on less than £1.70 a day.'  (Ed - but hasn't free trade and capitalism just dragged 600 million people out of this trap?)

Home & Community
'Stopping motorways and urban sprawl from disfiguring hills and forests that have inspired generations of musicians, writers, poets and painters.'

Food We Can Trust 
'We want a GM-free Britain.
Farm animals have a right not to suffer. (Ed - does this mean they are against halal meat?)
Banning food imports from poor African countries. 'Caroline Lucas won support from many farmers for highlighting the absurd trade where British food products are flown half way round the world to countries which sell exactly the same type of products back to us.'

Clean Green Energy
'Investing in sources of energy like offshore wind farms, wave and solar power that don't cause global warming.
We call for the return of the fuel-duty escalator, scrapped after the fuel protests, so that petrol and diesel become progressively more expensive year by year.
Real Progress means stopping the nuclear industry.'

Animal Rights
'We want an end to animal experimentation.'

By the People, for the People
'We believe in people taking control of their own lives. But that doesn't mean that the State has no role to play: what is the function of Government if not to regulate the economy in favour of the majority and of the long-term interests of the world we live in?'

What, indeed.

This political party looks a little like this one.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

'Poor, Nasty, Brutish and Short'

19 year-old aboriginal, Ashley Brooks, broke into the house of a 75 year-old great-grandmother, stole $60 from her wallet and then proceeded to beat her so severely that she was in a coma for 12 days, writes Andrew Bolt.  Judge David Parsons described Ashley Wayne Brooks' attack on Barbara Durea as sickening. He sentenced him to a two-year youth justice order. Judge Parsons said Brooks was avoiding jail "because of his youth and slight build, he would not fare well in an adult prison." and because Brooks hasn't "had much of a chance to date."

Meanwhile, Queensland judge, Sarah Bradley, (the one who previously called a mentally disabled ten-year old victim of gang rape a 'willing participant') has allowed a white teacher, who sexually abused an 11 year-old Torres Strait boy, time to prepare evidence for his case that he was educating him in 'traditional Islander practices'.

I struggle to remain calm when reading of cases such as these. I have to assume that either

i) Judges Parsons and Bradley hate aboriginals

ii) they view indigenous people as sub-human and hence not responsible for their actions.

Their refusal to punish these appalling crimes will not affect me living in my nice, wealthy suburb of Sydney. But it will condemn women living in indigenous communities to a life of rape, violence and early death.