Jenny Jones: The Hinkley nuclear power plant is a big corporate project, sucking up consumer pounds by the billions and leaving the debt (in the form of nuclear waste) for the taxpayer to deal with. Yet, despite the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader, the Labour Party continues to support the Government’s drive to hand over a large chunk of our future energy production to a French company with Chinese backing. The decision is a turning point in modern radical politics. Corbyn’s election last year reshaped that politics for many, but this provides a big, uncomplicated reason why we must elect Green Party politicians. Personally, I like Jeremy Corbyn and I like a lot of his politics. A lot of green supporters have joined the push to get Corbyn made Labour leader and to keep him in place. Many of us within the Green Party hoped that this would open up a space for more radical ideas to be discussed and become the new mainstream. A future economy based upon modern, renewable and clean technologies is an obvious starting point for that kind of discussion and Corbyn obviously supports much of that, which is why the Labour Party’s decision to back Hinkley is such a disappointment.
Left Foot Forward 16th Sept 2016 read more »