Election night is over and it looks, as we speak, like the Conservatives will emerge from this election with a majority… But what does that mean for Green business? Anyone with an interest in sustainable issues who saw the Leaders’ debates a few weeks ago will have noticed a distinct lack of discourse about Green industry.
The lack of attention to Green Business in these debates is shocking. Around 1 million people are employed in Green industries, which are collectively worth £120bn per year. The UKs respected position in World Green affairs would suggest that these issues should be at the forefront of the major parties’ manifestos. However, the issues have received markedly less airtime than those facing the automotive and banking industries, which employ similar amounts of people. Job creation and employment are supposed to be high priorities in this election, so why has such an important sector been almost overlooked?
There have been some promises for Green industry from each party but they have been neither hopeful nor reassuring. Labour pledged to freeze energy bills until 2017, which although appealing, has been received icily by energy suppliers. The conservatives has pledged to end subsidies for UK Wind Farms, which has been met with some disquiet from wind farm developers. One such developer, Airvolution, has claimed that “If the Conservatives win the general election, job losses will be inevitable” what’s more this could lead to taxpayers losing out as we turn to more expensive alternatives, according to Ian Marnas of Infinis Energy.
This has lead to uncertainty amongst those working in Green Industries, such as 26 year old Heather Jones, who works as the community liaison officer for REG Windpower. Jobs like hers may be in jeopardy in the Conservatives go through with their promises on onshore wind power. “Its frustrating when some people will only believe the myths they’ve heard so often, instead of seeing the merits of onshore wind,” she says. “I’m worried about my job and the future of green jobs in the UK. I find it really concerning that a future government could put at risk an entire industry and thousands of jobs when polls consistently show that 70% of people in the UK are supportive of onshore wind.”
Commendable efforts from the Green Party saw them announce a plan in their manifesto to implement a Carbon Free society by 2050. However, their forecast would require cuts at twice the rate expected by EU legislation. This kind of rapid change is simply not sustainable. Surely there is a middle ground between Tory cuts and Green idealism that can ensure the best most stable future for UK Green Industry? We await the result of the election with apprehension.
“My fake plants died… because I forgot to pretend to water them.” - Mitch Hedberg
“If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.” - Khalil Gibran
The day my artificial orchid died, I cried
(you cried?) Yes I
did not pretend to water her
for weeks and months before.
I ate a pill of vitamins, my mouth was full of
fish and rubber
all day long,
less the threat of death
or swallowing fresh codfish breath.
It lay there never moving
as the E and B-13 and K
proceeded to my nose and brains.
The day my phony roses died,
I wore my crimson lambskin coat,
The sun was shining; I forgot.
Every silver lining was
a cumulus in waiting.
At 13 and a quarter,
Brow about as wet as water gets
and red as Sophie’s head
the day the shots were fired,
I saw a golden fortune resting there
between the Mersey banks.
The day my plastic tulip
sagged a melancholy droop,
I left a bowl of chicken soup
upon my zebra’s back and
To the river I reverted,
Fugitive grey loveless river. Down
between the moss,
Beside the traps laid out by
a lonesome slit of hope
too deep for me to reach.
Post-submersion-purple-fingered I returned, a
soaking seaweed minaret, and crumbled
all around the gaping door-frame.
A liquid chicken said
“Your zebra’s dead,” and so
I joined him.
Well, since last time plenty has been happening… This weekend we had some time off, so we spent Friday celebrating Bob Marley’s birthday at a special event at Band on the Wall in Manchester. It was a soul shakedown party to remember! We were missing Henry Crab cos he’s off in Spain with his family, but even from the snow tipped mountains of Bilbao he could surely sense the skanking vibes emanating from the steamy venue that night.
Elsewhere we played in Stockport with Purple Merlin and Grand Arcadia a couple of weeks back… It was fun to see the Arcadia boys again, top guys with a very cool sound, but to we five Purple Merlin virgins, this new band were a revelation! They do Electric Wizard better than Electric Wizard do, and they range around the vibes of Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age too. Insanely chilled guys as well.
Last week was pretty mad; we went to Amsterdam for a few days on a whim, to celebrate our own rastamans birthday, Mr Banks. 19 years young, one might observe that the city took his innocence… We spent an enlightening afternoon at Electric Ladyland, the museum of electric light. We were shown round by a crazy diamond who told us about his experiences watching Hawkwind and meeting Jimi Hendrix’s brother Leon.
Grauzone festival was cool, but shall we say less than memorable… Cafe Alto had some groovy jazz… Lots of coffee was consumed… And since we have been back in the country we’ve had some great news. We’ll be playing this year’s Threshold festival in Liverpool! All that’s left to say is look to the sky when you’re feeling alone, and if you wanna feel high on life, take a long walk at night. But be careful… Lots of love, F x
ps. Check out Pukka’s Lemon, GInger and Manuka Honey variety - top of the tea charts this month x
Eighteen months in the oven and now Good Foxy has a website! Yum yum! Big thanks to everyone who has supported us so far and listened to our music... Right now we are preparing to record our debut album, a fact which is thanks in no small part to our fans, who have made it possible with their donations to our Kickstarter page. A big thank you to all of you, hopefully we will see you in the flesh in the not too distant future so we can give you a proper thanks... So how are we preparing? Well, a couple of times a week we head down to our practice space and thrash our instruments until we run out of snacks and ideas (whichever comes first) and then head home and listen to recordings of our latest creations on the way back home on one of our iPhones. The sound quality isnt the best, naturally, but think about it... 60 years ago it took a recording studio to get a sound this good! The marvels of technology eh! Anyway I'm starting to waffle, more updates soon, don't forget to live your life, love your family and friends and pretend to water your artificial plants.... Lots of love F x
P.S. "Watched "Boyhood" last night - brilliant film... to anyone who's seen it - isn't the Beatles Black Album a brilliant idea!? to anyone who hasn't - watch it immediately!