The civilised thing to do

10 Mar

An excellent piece by Zoe Williams in the Guardian about the Green party conference and why delegates remain upbeat, despite recent difficulties.

This bit in particular caught my eye:

being outside acceptability has allowed the party to slough off the accepted wisdoms that both shackle and amalgamate the other parties. Tax is the obvious example: today the deputy leader, Amelia Womack, promised to axe all tuition fees, and to pay for it from general taxation: yup, that old chestnut. Not a graduate tax, or a fee-based system that was really a tax, but an actual, progressive tax, asking the people with the most to pay for something that would improve the entire country – not because they benefited from it themselves (though, in likelihood, they did), but because it’s the civilised thing to do.

Tax is the price we pay to live in a civilised society. It really is that simple.

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One Response to “The civilised thing to do”

  1. carotomes March 17, 2015 at 23:09 #

    The local Newham Green Party are committed to promoting civilised living in Newham focusing on campaigning on improvements to housing, air pollution and living wages. Do check out http://newhamgreenparty.com/ and our facebook and twitter feeds for updates and more information.

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