MCFly had Good Intentions. Off to lots of Labour Party Fringe meetings we would go, dutifully blogging (but not tweeting), as unofficial payment for stuffing our cakehole with the free grub and booze.
Couldn’t do it. Just Could Not endure more of the vacuous ecological modernisation drivel that spews out of all their mouths.
It was the SERA meeting that did it, the one on Sunday night. Was going to do a detailed analysis. Suffice to say this; sure, it started fifteen minutes late because Hils Benn was unavoidably held up, but we then had three white men talk at us for just on 45 minutes. Then the ‘interactivity’ was down to questions of one or two sentences all bundled up with the speakers giving rapid fire answers to a small proportion of them.
These meetings are not about debate or movement building. They are about stoking the egos of the speakers and raising the profiles of the sponsoring organisations. Complaining about the lack of intellectual candour or rigour or anything approaching reflection on the horrific and multiple failures of climate campaigning over the last five years is like complaining about (sorry for the repetition) the lack of car chases in Proust.
And the rest of the ‘green’ fringe events looked equally uninspired and uninspiring. So MCFly spent the time on the stepper at the gym, reading. May be no lighter, but certainly not weighed down with horrible memories of shiny-faced besuited bullshitters and spivs (except for my friends who were panellists, natch!)
Oh, and the title of this post? Well, every year there is this “Climate Clinic” the major party conferences. Sponsored by the usual suspects, including the UtterlyDependent, Christian Aid, nef, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and so forth.
They produce a newspaper.
Here is some race and gender analysis for you.
There were 11 articles with names attached to them (and smaller advertorial ones).
Three were by women. Eight were by men (one with two male authors).
None of the articles dealt specifically with the threats facing women. One article tackled the fact that “Children in the developing world are the first casualties of global warming.” There were two photos, one of a boy, the other of … five boys.
On the subject of photos; in the twelve pages of the “newspaper” thirty one human beings were portrayed. Twenty five were men, 6 were women. Twenty three of these people were white, 8 were black. This included two usages of the same black 14 year old boy, and one of President Obama. And the single shot of the five boys in the distance.
It’s almost as if, gasp, the political world is run by and for (Rich) White Men. But no, that’s just a conspiracy theory, right?