The Respect Coalition
Letter published in the Independent on Sunday, March 28

Ken Loach ("Was it futile to march? No! No! No!", March 21) deserves respect for his commitment to peace and justice, but his dismissal of the Greens as offering nothing more than "concern about the environment" shows insufficient respect for a party that has not only been a key member of the anti-war coalition but has also developed over many years an economic and social alternative to the three main parties that he claims was lacking until the Respect Coalition came along.

Green Party policies include renationalisation of the rail network, defence of the human rights of migrants, rejection of market-driven economic globalisation and an end to the nuclear state in both its civil and its military aspects. The Greens already have two MEPs, narrowly elected in 1999. By splitting the vote for peaceful and radical policies, the Respect Coalition could prove, despite its good intentions, to be Tony Blair's best friend.

Response to George Galloway's Guardian Piece, June 2

George Galloway (Mea culpa, that's what we want, June 2) agrees that the Green Party opposed the Iraq invasion from the start. The main reason he gives for not voting Green on June 10 is that Greens also have other policies - and they're not just about free-range eggs, George.

Greens in Europe have been the strongest opponents of GM foods and have led resistance to the EU's current policy of further deregulation of trade and investment. Those who want to keep Europe's environmental and food safety regulations but fear that the single currency would hurt public spending and cause further privatisation won't have to hold their noses while voting Green.

According to George, a Respect vote will have "only one unambiguous meaning". A Green vote, on the other hand will have multiple meanings. It will be a vote against the Iraq war, against privatisation, against GM food, against expansion of air transport, against the single currency, against economic globalisation. It will be a vote for real action on global warming, for a tax on currency speculation, for better public transport and for a job-creating green industrial revolution based on clean energy and energy-saving technologies. And according to the opinion polls, Greens are more likely to get elected.

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