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Expensive Mr Reed, 3, marches and manifestos – Mark Avery


Expensive Steve Reed, in only a week’s time it’s possible you’ll be in your second day in your new job as Secretary of State for Atmosphere, Meals and Rural Affairs. I hope so.  As a Labour member I’ve been delivering leaflets for Lee Barron in Raunds, a small, ex-boot-and-shoe city in Northants, and within the Corby and East Northants constituency. Earlier than Gen Kitchen gained the current Wellingborough byelection earlier this 12 months, all seven Northants seats have been Conservative – there may be now somewhat over-optimistic discuss that each one seven may go Labour. We gained’t have to attend lengthy to seek out out.

I didn’t see you on the Restore Nature Now march on Saturday, however then I may have missed you within the very massive crowd. How massive was the gang? I don’t know, however some say 100,000. Personally, I doubt it however it was a march to be happy with and to take pleasure in, and of which any politician ought to take some discover. I’ve included some photographs to be able to really feel that you simply have been there in spirit.

Restore Nature Now, London, 22 June Photograph: Man Shorrock

Was the Labour Social gathering there in spirit? Probably not if one reads our manifesto. It seems to be as if Ed Miliband gained a battle to get local weather grow to be the manifesto however solely given that it was framed as a chance to earn money, not as a menace. But it surely additionally seems to be, pardon me for placing it like this, that you simply misplaced any battle you might need mounted to get any rural points together with nature into the 2024 Labour manifesto.

The phrases on nature should not the phrases of a celebration that will get nature, they’re the phrases of a celebration that feels it must say one thing about nature however can’t be bothered what these phrases are, and doesn’t know the way to get them proper.

Individuals like these …

…and these…

Restore Nature Now, London, 22 June Photograph: Mary and Michael Patterson

… and these …

Restore Nature Now, London, 22 June Photograph: Helen Whittle

… are searching for higher from Labour. I’m too, and I’m hopeful we are going to get higher beginning subsequent Friday.

Wild Justice, of which I’m a co-founder and co-director, has introduced collectively a variety of critiques of the get together election manifestos’ environmental insurance policies – click on right here – and 13 of these critiques are of Labour. Caroline Lucas, maybe unsurprisingly, give Labour a panning – click on right here – however she will likely be talking for a lot of environmentalists when she does so. My very own evaluation – click on right here – is that I’ll vote Labour regardless of the environmental features of the manifesto somewhat than due to them.  Man Shrubsole, a really revered campaigner, writer and analyst, – click on right here, is a bit kinder to Labour as a result of he places somewhat extra retailer in your coverage doc  – click on right here – than I do. There’s a motive that little or no is within the manifesto and it could’t be as a result of Labour is dedicated to doing all this stuff!

Clearly, in contrast with the Conservatives and Reform, Labour is manner out forward, however that’s not saying a lot. There are different left of centre events although, the varied inexperienced events throughout the UK and the uncared for Staff Social gathering (George Galloway’s lot) in addition to the very centrist LibDems and SNP. Labour has positioned itself because the ‘not too good, not too unhealthy’ get together on the surroundings – a masterful technique for alienating many individuals a bit, however possibly not a lot that they vote for another person.

Maybe surprisingly, I’m simply shocked, probably the most upbeat views of the place Labour is, comes from Ben Goldsmith – click on right here – not maybe a pure ally however one who’s passionate and educated about these points.

Anyway, I think you’re too busy to learn this weblog, or the critiques of the manifestos – truthful sufficient, this near the overall election – however hundreds of individuals will likely be studying all of them and forming their views.

I must ship some extra Labour leaflets later this morning however I’ve a moth entice to look at earlier than then. I’ll be again a few instances earlier than Thursday. Good luck on the marketing campaign path!

Restore Nature Now, London, 22 June Photograph: Man Shorrock
Restore Nature Now, London, 22 June Photograph: Mark Avery
Restore Nature Now, London, 22 June Photograph: Man Shorrock
Restore Nature Now, London, 22 June Photograph: Mary and Michael Patterson

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