Our strange silence over Vesta…
Not so long ago the Green Road out of Recession promised that our policy would be geared towards promoting a route out of Britain’s current economic malaise that was focused around promoting investment in industries and causes that were ecologically and economically sustainable. Fast-forward a little and through yet more policy initiatives to well right about now and the closure of Britain’s only wind turbine factory and we seem ever so bashful on this topic.
Am I missing something? Surely, from the point of view of a ‘Green Road out of Recession’ the closure of the Vesta factory is a very bad thing indeed? Maybe I am horribly wrong but surely the correct idea is to forget the economics and say ‘hey, here is a factory that is producing parts pivotal in the production of an alternative source of energy so maybe it is exactly the sort of ecologically sound enterprise a committed green government should be saving’?
Obviously I am horribly wrong because as far as I can see our leadership has had precious little to say about this issue. This doesn’t exactly look good and does bring to mind the horrible ‘o’ word; ie, opportunism. I don’t exactly expect Clegg and co to man the barricades but saying something, anything might give a good indication we actually believe in the policies we put forward and are prepared to be logically consistent in defending them.
Often on the blogsphere we debate narrative and occasionally it has been heard that people will say we actually need one. I am firmly coming to the conclusion that far from ‘needing one’ we have several too many all going on at once and it is genuinely impossible for the voter to discern a clear one from the muddle (hence, presumably, the impression that where we fight Labour we tack to the left and where we fight the Conservatives to the right). This is something that has to change; especially if we are serious about taking Labour’s mantle as the ‘party of progress’; Labour’s core vote simply won’t respond if we are muddled in where we stand and what we stand for.