We on the Left today tend to think that class struggle and environmentalism are natural bedfellows. We tend to forget that there are differences between Green and Left political outlooks which remain difficult to reconcile. Can the greater state of localism and sustainability which urban agriculture represents, for example, really be politically-engineered?
Of the many political movements to have sprung up over the past century, none have encompassed such a diverse range of beliefs as urban agriculture. Movements have taken Green, liberal, communitarian – even libertarian – forms, at once a testament to the movement’s flexibility and its apolitical nature.
Rules that clamp down on street performers are causing concern that Liverpool’s street culture is being needlessly regulated under the banner of ‘business improvement’, raising fresh doubts about whether Liverpool City Council acted against the public interest in crafting their new busking policy.
Many Scots see their nation as standing above the celebrations of the ‘Great British Summer’, both the Jubilee’s trumpeting of privilege and the Olympics of neoliberal England. Is this justified? A closer examination of Scotland’s attitude to sport reveals a nation in denial about its lack of social democracy.
Although the final figures are not yet known, turnout at Scotland’s recent local government elections is set to disappoint. The political and media classes will, with characteristic condescension, argue that the ‘epidemic’ of political apathy is largely the public’s fault. Blighted by corruption, political monoculture and doublespeak, the simple truth of the matter is that much of the Scottish public have little stake in a politics that increasingly serves the interests of an elite at the public’s expense.
PURSUING a Green agenda is a political minefield for the SNP given the fishy business over which they’ve presided.
How was it, scholars of Buddhism have asked, that a single Zen monk produced such a vast body of commentary, seemingly over the course of generations? The answer lays waste to our modern idea of intellectual property.