Tuesday, July 08, 2008

I'm Scared!

Perhaps I'm in some weird kind of temporary parallel universe, but here is an article by Pater Tatchell on the Green Party website. What worries me is that I agree with so much of it.

There are parts with which I diasagree, such as opposing the abolition of the Human Rights Act, but overall, if I compare the Green position and that of David Davis, I would seriously have to think if I were a voter in Haltemprice and Howden, about desserting Mr Davis.

Davis called the by-election for the sole reason of using it as a referendum on the erosion of our freedoms and liberties. On reading the Green Party position I would have to say, in the rarified atmosphere of this bizarre by-election, I would quite probably vote Green on Thursday given the chance.

However, when you start to think about Peter Tatchell as a libertarian you don't have to dig deep to find that he is yet another 'when it suits me' libertarian. So just to balance the argument here is an article from the Liberarian Alliance website questioning Tatchell's libertarianism.

I do feel a bit better for that but would probably still vote Green on Thursday in Haltemprice and Howden, even if only to piss off lots of Yorkshiremen!


Mark Wadsworth said...

There are a lot of things on which I agree with Peter T. (and, I guess, a lot of things on which I don't) but he is still a valuable addition to the campaigning landscape.

Gregg Beaman said...

I agree Mark. I think some of his battier efforts, such as getting nicked in Moscow, don't do him any favours. Overall I agree, he brings a certain colour to the political lanscape.

Mark Wadsworth said...

With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, his citizen's arrest of Mugabe was totally and utterly justified. He was sane, everybody else was mad.

Gregg Beaman said...

There was no doubt at the time that Mugabe was a madman. Tatchell's actions then merely highlighted the thin line between serious campaigner and 'maverick'.