Monday, March 21, 2011

Military action in Libya

This * seemed like a sensible initial position on the Libya no-fly zone for the Greens. Given what Caroline Lucas said on last weeks Question Time, clearly siding with former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie on the panel in opposing military action, things have changed. On this issue I find myself in opposition to the Greens leader, for once, if not my party. MacKenzie basically said '‎'Not worth it...Nothing to do with us...' which is surely not something Greens want to be associated with - I certainly dont.

*On the subject of a no-fly zone, a Green Party spokesperson said:

"We are not ruling out support for a no-fly zone, but it would need to be very carefully handled and would need the support of countries in the region. It would have to be something that the civilian population wanted, and only be enforced to protect the civilian population.

"Past no-fly zones have not always achieved the desired outcome and have not always protected the civilian population.

"Most importantly, the UN Security Council must refer the situation in Libya to the International Criminal Court. Colonel al-Gaddafi must understand that all those responsible for carrying out attacks on civilians will be held to account."

Mabinogogiblog: What can we do to bring the Libyan conflict to a speedy end?

Mabinogogiblog: What can we do to bring the Libyan conflict to a speedy end?

Jenny Jones for London mayor 2012

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Elected to and serving on the London Assembly in 2000, Jenny is a very strong Green candidate with a lot of experience. This experience includes: Deputy Mayor; Leader of the London Assembly Green Group ; Deputy Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee; Member of the Confirmation Hearings Committee; Member of the Transport Committee; Member of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA); and more...

Jenny Jones has been selected as the Green Party's London mayoral candidate.

Ms Jones will go up against Labour's Ken Livingstone and Conservative incumbent Boris Johnson at the 2012 election after winning 67% of the vote.

After the result was announced Ms Jones said: "London needs a mayor who will create a fairer city and reduce the gap between rich and the poor."...

...Jenny Jones fought off competition from Shahrar Ali and Farid Bakht to win what she described as a genuine contest.

She said: "These are hard times for people who care about quality services, local businesses, and protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities."

And she pledged to make fighting cuts to housing benefit, the NHS and youth services a key part of her mayoral campaign.

"Unlike elections for parliament or local councils, the elections for the London Assembly are held under proportional representation. That means every vote counts.

"I'll be urging Londoners to use their vote to elect more Green Assembly Members next year," she said.

Ms Jones was first elected to the London Assembly in May 2000 and has served as Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Assembly's Planning and Housing Committee

BBC News - Jenny Jones to run for London mayor in 2012 election

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