How to not get that list vote you want folk to lend you.
I should preface this, my first post by saying, I quite like the Scottish Greens, I think they get a raw deal when it comes to getting their voice heard (witness the latest attempt by the BBC to shut them out). I’m quite fond of Patrick Harvey, he sponsored me so we could screen Gas Land II at the Scottish Parliament a couple of years ago.
But listen, if you’re after votes in an upcoming election, it might be an idea to take the time to explain a section of your ‘We Will’ promises to people when they ask you a serious question about them.
Yesterday an email arrived from the Scottish Greens telling me what they’ll do if enough people vote for them. This caught my eye.
That’s it, that’s all it had to say on that topic. Later I fell over a Tweet linking to their Vision on the Scottish Greens website A little bit more said there but not much more.
As far as I’m aware the Scottish Government is using its planning powers to keep a moratorium on fracking and UGE in place. As far as I’m aware fracking / UGE is not devolved. Scientific evidence from other parts of the world does show that these are dangerous destructive practices, however I don’t think we can use scientific evidence from say, America or Australia to put a case against fracking / UGE in Scotland. It’d be shredded by lawyers working for the fracking companies.
I know I’m not alone in wanting an all out ban. But from what the Greens have sent me and from what I’ve found, I still don’t know how they plan to implement an outright ban.
So I popped over to Patrick Harvey on Twitter and asked him. Here’s how that went.
So far, no detail.
Asking for detail would appear to be silly, but I’m still none the wiser.
A helpful tweet from a passing Twitterer. That would have been the way to go imho. A link to an article or an essay or a blog post or I dunno, maybe a not top secret policy document. But alas no.
Now two of us would like those pesky fact things. I’m sure there’re more of you out there that would like some pesky facts.
This has to be my favourite response though. In answer I have to say, no, the Green policy is still entirely unclear to me.
I’m not convinced that giving me the detail I asked for, which as you can see was spectacularly avoided for some unknown reason, wouldn’t have convinced me of the merits of the policy.
I’m left with more questions than when I started last night. Is there a detailed policy on how the Greens will achieve a total ban or is it just some sort of bungled criticism of the Scottish Government’s position?
If anyone out there has the detail I’d really appreciate seeing it. Who knows, I might agree with it given the fact that I want to see a total ban in place.
Patrick’s strategy for gaining those list votes has left me somewhat cold. I must thank him though for the push I needed to start a blog (and for not blocking me).