Brian Gordon posted a Twitter thread today that makes numerous points about Anjali Appadurai’s bid to capture leadership of BC NDP. It is repeated here with permission:
- Why I do NOT support supporting Anjali for leadership of the BC NDP, even though she seems awesome:
- Let’s say Anjali wins, and she does seem like she really ‘gets it.’ Now she has the entire NDP old guard and 57 caucus members who 100% lied about and then voted for LNG, logging old growth, SIte C, stomping on Indigenous rights, secretive government, privatising health care…
- …sweeping money laundering under the rug, doing nothing about the housing and opioid crises, and general climate denial. She’ll get nowhere. Voting for a saviour is foolish.
- Best case, Anjali loses but exposes the gross climate hypocrisy of the BC NDP. If she becomes a Green candidate or that boosts the Greens, maybe that helps. Otherwise, so what?
- I ran for the Greens against the NDP’s Lana Popham in 2009. I almost dropped out to give her the advantage because she totally, obviously got the danger of climate change. How did that work out? She and Bowinn Ma are sending out cupcake recipes while BC burns.
- Anjali is a science-denier. She is running around maskless, so she’s bought the NDP line that COVID is over. More people are dying per day of COVID in BC now than at any time previously, which she should know. So she’s either a COVID-denier or is pandering to those who are.
- The NDP simply do not get climate change or Indigenous rights. They are wilfully blind to both because it doesn’t fit the socialist agenda of mega-projects and centralized power – both energy and political power.
- Read the socialist magazines like Jacobin and there are passing mentions of climate change between praise for mega-projects like Site C. They even admit that there will be some people and areas sacrificed for the greater good – like Site C. Socialism has sacrifice zones, too.
- I am not a partisan and I vote for the party most likely to take serious action of the greatest threat facing us, the climate emergency. The NDP are actively making it worse.
Like Brian Gordon, I do not question the motives of Anjali Appadurai and her supporters. It is a sincere effort to influence policy in British Columbia and, as the ancients wrote in various forms, desperate times call for desperate measures. However, we do question their strategy.
At the start of WW2, the massive French Maginot Line was supposed to be an impenetrable barrier to stop northern invaders. Instead of trying to break through the obstacle, using their mobile blitzkrieg strategy, German forces went around it. Weeks later, France surrendered.
Perhaps this is a reach but I see a lesson. The NDP is a secure organization unlikely to be penetrated by a few thousand new sign-ups. There is an option to go around that party and affect change. That is for climate activists to strengthen an already credible organization led by a person committed to addressing climate change. No time or energy would be lost because common goals are shared.
The Green Party does not have to win 44 seats in 2024 to influence policy. By winning six to ten seats, BC Greens could hold an effective balance of power two years from now. Less than two years if Eby sees an opportunity for victory and calls another early election. BC’s most successful Premier, WAC Bennett faced eight elections from 1952-1972. If WAC didn’t have an issue to campaign with, he manufactured one.
Expanding the Green Party’s influence will not be easy, but delay reduces the chance of success. Earth is showing us the need for immediate action. Politicians and business leaders are ignoring these messages; citizens who want future generations to survive, should not.
At the launch of The World Meteorological Organization’s report on Global Climate, calling it a frightening report, UN Secretary-General Guterres said 2021 must be the year for climate action – “the make it or break it year.”
Of course, decision makers in the world paid little attention. Their preference is to defer action but promise to meet targets sometime in the future, even though previous targets were unmet and largely forgotten.
Categories: Climate Change