Caroline Lucas MP: The Limits of Green ...


By Jonathan Hoffman
October 9, 2012
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SodaStream has opened a shop in Brighton. SodaStream enables people to make their own carbonated soft drinks at home. It is thus the epitome of an environmentally friendly – or ‘green’ - company since it obviates the need for drinks in plastic bottles to be bought from the shops. In fact the company – which is present in 43 countries around the world with over 6 million active users – estimates that it saves the planet from the waste of 1 billion plastic bottles every day as well as saving millions of barrels of oil needed to make them.

Brighton’s MP is Caroline Lucas of the Green Party. You’d have thought she would welcome SodaStream to Brighton with open arms. Not only is a multinational choosing to invest in her constituency but its product conforms completely to the environmental agenda of her Party.

You’d have thought she’d welcome it … but you’d be wrong. Sodastream has a plant in Area C of the Disputed Territories and Ms Lucas says she “supports the right of my constituents and others to … peacefully demonstrate against companies which operate out of illegal Israeli settlements.”

http://www.carolinelucas.com/blog.html/2012/10/08/local-protest-against-...

Ms Lucas should get her facts right. Under the Oslo Accords Area C is mostly under Israeli security and civil control pending a final settlement and Israeli companies are free to open plants there. The West Bank never belonged to any sovereign ruler after the British withdrew from Mandatory Palestine; before that it was part of the Ottoman Empire. Israel’s ‘borders’ are merely the ceasefire lines from its victory in 1948 against the Arab armies that tried unsuccessfully to exterminate it at birth. There is nothing ‘illegal’ about the settlements, a position supported by the US government for one. Indeed if settlements were ‘illegal’ then products manufactured there would not be allowed to be imported into the UK.

In fact Ms Lucas ties herself in knots in her statement because she says that “I don’t support calls for the Ecostream store to close”. But as she well knows, that is PRECISELY what the BDS mob wants – they even stand in the doorway of the shop to harangue potential customers.

If Ms Lucas is sincere about wanting the shop to stay open then she needs to come to the weekly BDS demonstrations and help to ensure that access to the shop is not blocked. And to talk to the police in Brighton to encourage them to move the BDS mob away from the shop (as the Met police did at Ahava).

If she doesn’t do both of these things then the electors of Brighton Pavilion – where she has a slim 1252 majority - can conclude that her antipathy to Israel trumps her enthusiasm for Green issues and can reasonably ask how ‘Green’ Ms Lucas REALLY is.

Addendum:

More on the Greens' official support for an Israel Boycott here:

http://daphneanson.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/british-zionist-leader-on-why-...

http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/analysis/70782/beware-woman-who-...

http://greensengage.wordpress.com/about/

And see here how Caroline Lucas supported the self-confessed criminal BDS vandals who caused £180,000 of damage but were let off by a biased Judge (who was later censored by the Office for Judicial Complaints):

http://cifwatch.com/2010/07/03/uk-judge-takes-delegitimisation-of-israel...

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J.Clifford

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 13:50

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Joe Millis is not anywhere for very long. Not Israel where he tried to make aliyah on 2 or was it 3 occasions. Not the JC because his nasty spiteful actions caused the rift that preceded his departure. Not with UJIA because he is anti everything that is supportive of Israel. Not very brave either because he cried his eyes out when he was revealed to be spiteful, vindictive person that he is. The lowest of the low trying to get a man to lose his livelihood.

Apart from mocking Harvey for earning his living by driving a cab what do the trolls that infest Jonathan's blog have to say? Nothing meaningful related to the subject just personal attacks.


joemillis1959

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 14:16

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Err...Janet. Almost 20 years at the JC. One aliyah to Israel, aged 12. That's once more than you.
I'd look in the mirror if you wanted to see a spiteful, vindictive person. I've achieved what I wanted - JH isn't blogging while he's being paid with Londoners' council tax income.
And I never cry my eyes out. I'm not that kind of guy.
Back to work.


Harvey

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 14:38

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So you included a caveat in your letter that any disciplinary action be limited to a suspension of blogging rights .
Nothing more . Is that correct Millis ?


zaheerayin

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 15:22

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Just a moment. If Jonathan can now only blog before and after work and during his lunch hour, will we be seeing more of Amber?


Ben F

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 15:29

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Harvey, you idiot. Joe Millis still works for the UJIA.


KatieCarslake

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 16:50

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Harvey, do you think that it's OK for public employees to spend a considerable part of their working day blogging at the taxpayer's expense?


zaheerayin

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 16:58

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Back to these elections. Do we know who the candidates are?


J.Clifford

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 17:01

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How dare you try to disguise a blatant attempt to suppress Jonathan's right of free speech with a santimonious cock and bull story about 'tax income'.

I am sure that Jonathan broke no rules as is shown by the fact that he is in the same gainful employment. Unlike you. Your jealousy is plain for everyone to see. And how about the Board of Deputies? Jonathan was easily elected to his Division, Defence. You were nowhere in the elections to the International Division. Speaks volumes.

I have never ever attempted to get someone the sack nor have I ever pretended to hide what I truly believe in. Good job UJIA saw through you.


joemillis1959

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 17:11

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So, Janet, in your book, is it OK for employees of public bodies, funded by tax payers' hard earned income to use their work time to blog? The proof of the pudding is in the fact that he blogs only before or after hours - or in his lunch break. That's all I ever wanted.
And like I said to Harvey, I really wouldn't believe what I read on non-entities' blogs. They'll believe everything they are told.
Shabbat Shalom, y'all


Jonathan Hoffman

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 17:20

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Mr Millis' comment at 17.11 - "That's all I ever wanted" - is a lie.


zaheerayin

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 17:23

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Well, if it is, I'm sure he'll apologise.


Real Real Zionist

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 17:27

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Janet answer the question. Is it ok ?


Ben F

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 17:34

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Well look, let's get real here for a moment. These days who doesn't send a text message and take a quick peek at their Facebook page during working hours? But this is a whole different kettle of fish. We have a case of a highly paid public official running up hour upon hour upon hour, over a period of years, blogging at the public expense. There seem to be people around here who see nothing wrong with it.


joemillis1959

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 17:58

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Well, he's gotta prove it first.
Shabbes all.

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