Well, ladies and gentlemen, I am back from the Green Party conference of Liverpool, which was rather tense at times due to the closeness of several votes.
There were many useful highlights of our conference in my opinion, of which I will list the top three:
1. Our unanimous condemning of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) at conference-in related news, we have reported that the Liberal Democrats support this partnership even though this free trade agreement would make implementing some of their own official policies impossible.
2. The joint meeting between GreenLeft and the Association of Green Councillors-a great chance for unity to defeat the ConDems and the rest of the establishment.
3. The Open Mic night at the Ship & Mitre, where I and many others performed, and well. I am glad for the many poets and singers who come to our conferences.
There were a few sad downsides in my opinion however:
1. There were relatively few Young Greens present at the conference.
2. A motion to bar the Population Matters group from Green Party conferences was narrowly defeated for missing the 2/3 majority by one vote-people only spoke against it on procedural grounds despite the clear evidence of Population Matters' racist stance and the damage Population Matters can potentially do to the ecological movement.
3. Several important policy motions did not get heard when they needed to, when I believed they would.
In the meantime, I hope the Greens can elect more MEPs in May, despite OFCOM's unfair decision to give UKIP, but not us, equal coverage to the three major parties during the Euro elections campaign.