Greens decide that the perfect must not become the enemy of the possible

There was no shortage of realism at the special Green Party Convention to discuss the revised Programme for Government at the RDS on Saturday. As the result of votes on two Motions indicate, a significant minority (31 percent) held out against support for NAMA, while an overwhelming majority (84 percent) sided with the Party’s leadership in their determination to…fight the next election having given themselves time to deliver in Government and begin to address some of the deep flaws in the political system, notably in planning, the influence of corporate donations and banking regulation.

The new PFG focuses on reform because everybody knows that some aspects of the new Programme could still be held hostage to the forthcoming tsunami of a Budget, which may well have a few FF backbenchers weighing up their own plans for an early exit from Government.

  • steve white

    ignoring and thus endorsing kidnap and torture through your airports is not possible.

  • Tim bon

    Steve, to e frank thats life though.

    Do the Greens have the bottle to pull out if these aims are delayed or stymied?

    If some of these proposals are ham strung at the legislative do the greens have the back bone to pull out?

    I am very very doubtful that they do. If Fianna Fail believe the same then watch the watering down and rendering pointless of most of these targets.

    Its sad to see the end of green politics for the next decade in the south.

  • The insulating effect of living in a regional toytown assembly area run by the London Treasury really shows up in some of comments.

  • That headline is nauseating:

    Greens decide that the perfect must not become …

    At that point I felt distinctly poorly.

    By comparison with “the perfect”, the possible means:

    vouchers for TD’s expenditure;
    constraints on corporate donations;

    — Now, persuade me, assure me, convince me, those were hard-wrung concessions in the present state of public opinion.

    no third-tier HE fees for the time being (until the next crisis budget?);
    a whole extra fifty teachers over the next three years (is that somewhere close to natural growth in the school-age population?)

    Now, what did I miss? Something significant on health? On pensions? Carbon? Public transport? In fact, anything apart from retaining a couple of ministerial salaries and limousines?

  • According to the Greens/RPfG, farming mink for natural clothing BAD, kowtowing to FF culchies and retaining the right to have hounds chase hares to their terrified deaths GOOD.

  • Also – Trevor Sargent wants the Ceann Comhairle/guaranteed re-election lifeboat. Isn’t a lifeboat something for women and children?