Britain has its own Liz Warren, her name is Natalie Bennett. She leads the Green Party, and its platform, (or “Manifesto“) is a preview of things-to-come as the American Democrat Party grows more and more radicalized.
The party’s manifesto argues for zero, or even negative growth and falling levels of personal consumption. Britain would be in permanent recession; families would become materially poorer each year.
No-one will see a reduction in benefits, and most will see a substantial increase. Parents will be entitled to two years’ paid leave from work.
All elements of the sex industry will be decriminalised, and prostitutes could no longer be discriminated against in child custody cases.
A Green party would impose “research, education and economic measures” to drive a “transition from diets dominated by meat”.
A Green Government will “progressively reduce” border controls, including an amnesty for illegal immigrants after five years. Access to benefits, the right to vote and tax obligations will apply to everyone living on British soil, regardless of passport.
So far, pretty much in line with Obama’s policies of welfare expansion, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and middle class income stagnation. But the Greens decided that platform wasn’t quite radical enough, and want to add a few more planks to it.
This weekend the party leadership unveiled manifesto pledges to abolish tuition fees and provide free personal care for the over-65s.
Animal rights: Article Five of the UN Declaration on Human Rights, banning “inhuman” treatment, is extended to all sentient life forms. The same prison sentences for the murder and kidnap of humans will apply to crimes involving elephants, monkeys and whales.
Nappies: Companies that manufacture disposable nappies face higher taxes to account for landfill
Grand National: Commercial horse and dog racing to be banned
National Lottery: Payouts to be smaller, with more winners, under “progressive” system
Foreign Aid: Budget to increase to one per cent of GDP, with hospital ships serving the developing world
Education: Forest Schools, giving children a “hands-on” appreciation of trees