¡ LIVE NOW @ live.novaramedia.com !
hollaback industrial action unemployment modi marx fracking start up fascism germany edl workplace reappropriation memes revolt of the ladders palm oil pay housing action trident trolling brexit privacy utopia podemos orientalism racism bernie sanders womens liberation sport manifesto sussex bouchart couriers asylum eric pickles greece cpi detention housing benefit higher education left bloc anti-capitalism paul nuttall imf social movements nef london police brutality safety usa cup buy-to-let capitalism direct action depression is cameron social networks treasury suicide pride rmt ferguson pasok automation burnham mexico students athens andy burnham universal basic income holocaust oxi mhairi black kurds salmond mubarak religion nick clegg care nus Craig McVegas tax reform aboriginal angela mcrobie ttip theresa may yes scotland autonomism unions varoufakis property rights corbyn workfare dan whittall growth electoralism catalunya footwear maps pensions pfi arab spring netanyahu queer Labour Party workers arms industry rbi independent media tube individualism desire funerals deficit long read putin local government nhs ncafc apps sexual violence security police violence IndyRef morsi soas boko haram bjp sinn fein columnism migration free education zero hours sophie lewis nato social cleansing ge2015 national liberation debt no borders new york reproductive rights novara wire unite travellers prison syriza george osborne finance plaid cymru loans establishment christianity mitterand interviews israel architecture owen jones student strike socialism david harvey revuelta de escaleras crime ref nationalism isis malcolm x london underground sisi spain yes scotand fianna fail protests palestine m18 star trek libspill BBC thatcher barclays romanichal subversion data arran james atheism justice left ireland omar aziz property barts health inequality books jobs red wedge catalan independence anxiety hospitality terrorism grants uprising evictions open democracy denis o brien world cup yarls wood cop21 magna carta mental health week reappropriation protest ultras synthetic hedge bennett pablo iglesias political economy solidarity labour tax evasion electoral fraud occupation occupy Policing marxism populism kobane glasgow jeremy corbyn bingo airstrikes wages mob roma tuition fees green party rpi ubi idf intersectionality right to buy china mike brown eire demographics austerity tuc gdp romani #copsoffcampus kerry hotels university of london precarity geography natalie bennett novara10k young people government precarious europe law crisis social housing portugal new democracy citizenship tef literature care work international australia psychiatry charlie hebdo willetts renting james meadway warwick rabina khan tsipras kurdistan future banks divestment crimea budget2014 conchita business feminism anarchism bell hooks communism cost of living catalonia egypt krugman west bank history coalition Niki Seth-Smith comedians uber greens ACAB ge2012 tabitha bast socialist trans isil whiteness james meek television hamas videos mark duggan ethics pluralism rape gary barlow antifascism politicians conference season blockadia met silicon valley blair communities inflation riots welfare state precariousness iwgb freefede financialisation leaders debate ello sexism pasokification media remembrance economic new labour miners strike iraq uk eurozone obama ual mark regev Tuzla eurovision value telefonica class struggle dale farm sturgeon eu prevent strike madness big pharma newham golden dawn interest cuts post-capitalism Tom Abree fe rusell brand food uffc legitimacy privatization david willetts culture syria legal aid women social reproduction rent strike ulu pharmaceuticals iww economics adam stoneman jesus libertarianism universities costas lapavitsas olympics radical lives consumption eleanor penny islamophobia he scotland conservatives bnp organising canada nurses Elections technology uaf projects radical housing network work public sector brazil ipr health university deep state basic income deflation social democracy lobo drones Dawkins andrew dolan focus e15 james butler tony abbott journalism money privatisation erdogan sussex five pop culture publishing colonialism mcgettigan accessibility Police carpenters midwives review age westminster hydra refusal of work rojava christmas stealing revolution space Aaron Bastani electoral reform class left unity forest fire masons john mcdonnell david cameron working class Race councils gender hague local media chris grayling middle east people's assembly irish water results cable india calais oil rob ford education state engels native miliband russia community organising trade unions asia student loans budget intervention lse neoliberalism europe cities demands Economy pay gap England localism balls YesVote ge2020 jeremy hunt ecb refusal privatisaton rape culture northern ireland housing crisis alia al ghussain barcelona en comu fees troika Gentrification estate general election saudi arabia vaga de totes mental health hsbc music morality cantona clr james facebook tories nuclear benefits spending lawrence and wishart lgbt internet strategy of refusal blockupy cooperatives Scottish Independence obr UKIP Media bias help to buy rent gaza tactics orange order al qaeda britain first homelessness libdems frankfurt greek election student movement tower hamlets comedy war Secular Crisis 15m gypsies 22o ukraine production employment turkey Adam Ramsay secret employee uk uncut clegg free speech migrants millbank reclaim the streets mark zuckerberg theft antiziganism environment martin lewis refugees landlords productivity mark carney housing labour movement Centre Left bonuses football poverty marketing france paris attacks digital media gangs grexit bank of england student debt Claudia Jones chuka umunna rotherham living wage ahora madrid bias climate momentum nypd iran politics asn charlie lahr tax psoe immigration snp birmingham post-fordism student politics support strikes maria miller

9 Things You Might Not Expect From the Greens’ EU Manifesto

submit to reddit

Whatever you think of the Green Party, it’s worth paying attention to their manifestos to pick up some ideas of things people across the left should be calling for. With the European elections coming up, here are a few of my favourite, transformative policies I spotted in their EU manifesto:

1. Universal Basic Income.

The Green Party has long been an advocate of scrapping the means testing from the benefits system and ensuring everyone has a basic right to financial support, so maybe this shouldn’t be surprising. But lots of people don’t know that Universal Basic Income – which is coming into fashion these days – is one of the Greens’ longest standing policies. By getting rid of the divide-and-rule means testing, Basic Income helps shift the power balance between labour and capital. By supporting people in the non-monetised economy, from care-work to the arts, it helps shift social values. By guaranteeing everyone has enough cash to get by, it would go a long way towards abolishing absolute poverty.

2. Introduce a workers’ right to buy their company.

As the manifesto puts it: “Encourage worker ownership and co-operatives by supporting member states in introducing a workers’ right to buy their company.” This became the policy of the Green Party a couple of years back. In my opinion it’s an answer to the question “how do you shift the economy from corporate to democratic control?”

3. Restore trade union rights.

The manifesto has quite a lot to say about workers’ rights. But ultimately, it’s workers who defend themselves. So perhaps most important is a commitment to allow us to vote to strike on any issue of our choice. In other words, Greens will push the EU to reverse Thatcher’s ban on secondary picketing and laws which have hugely restricted the right to withdraw your labour in recent years.

4. Support Scottish independence.

For those following the Scottish debate, this might not be a surprise. After the SNP, the Scottish Greens are the biggest party backing ‘yes’ vote. But this policy commitment makes the party pretty much the only one in England to hold this position – not because of any romantic nationalism, but because, as the manifesto puts it “government ought to be closer to people”. A ‘yes’ vote would be a significant shift of powers away from the British state, and so has to be a victory for progressives across these islands.

5. Re-build the banking system.

…into one which is made up of “regional, co-operative and municipal banks; green investment banks and credit unions”; and introduce a financial transaction tax. Obvs.

6. Oppose ‘free trade’ deals.

The current trade deal being negotiated between the EU and the US would make renationalisation near impossible and any kind of regulation a lot harder. They would allow companies to sue governments for any laws which would damage their anticipated profits. In other words, it is a transformational policy in the wrong direction. Greens have been opposing it and promise to keep doing so. Just as important is the fact that it’s exactly the sort of trade deal that the EU has long been forcing on poorer countries through Economic Partnership Agreements. The manifesto commits Greens to working towards a system of global trade which allows sovereign governments to regulate, subsidise and nationalise as they see fit, which would be a fundamental shift of global power.

7. Crack down on tax dodging.

The EU is the biggest economy on earth and many tax havens are protectorates or overseas territories of EU countries. It is arguably the one body powerful enough to really beat the crap out of tax dodging. The manifesto proposes doing just that.

8. Free education.

The EU can’t abolish tuition fees in England (which Greens would like to), but it can continue to ensure that British students can study for free in universities in the majority of Northern European countries which are clever enough to realise that education is an investment not a cost. As UKIP start demanding that EU citizens in the UK pay for things like healthcare, there’s a risk that our students stop having the right to free education across Europe. And if education isn’t transformational, what is?

9. Ending austerity.

For too long the EU and European Central Bank have been active in forcing austerity on countries across Europe. The manifesto calls for an end to these austerity policies and for what the inventor of the term “Quantitative Easing” has called “Green Quantitative Easing”. Rather than the European Central Bank buying financial products with the cash it creates, it should use the money to fund the infrastructure needed for the transformation to a low-carbon, socially-just economy.