Reflections on that Frabrica Moment

I have not posted for a week, observing the debate on Caroline Lucas’s ‘Fabrica Moment’, what others have been posting, and conversations I have had with different people. I felt a need to reflect, to make sure that I have not been too hard on either Caroline Lucas or Nancy Platts.

And my conclusion? The concensus is that Lucas was mistaken to launch her campaign at Fabrica.  Fabrica itself has pleaded that it is not ‘elitist’. But Fabrica is not Hollingdean, Patcham or Hollingbury.  The Greens are still seen as too town centre-centric, and its activists largely attractive, bright young things, with honourable exceptions. There is interest and excitement about the Greens prospects in Brighton Pavilion, although there is swcepticism about the Greens in Brighton Kemptown.

Nancy Platts is well thought of, and some (myself included) find that her personal strengths are causing a dilemna that we thought would not be there.  The prospect of a Green MP is attractive, but Nancy is making it particularly difficult for traditional Labour supporters to make the switch.  There is recognition that Nancy is unlikely to win, but Caroline needs to do so much more if she is to do more than come second to the Tories.

Nancy is personable, is working hard, is well known, and is liked.  Caroline remains aloof, somewhat ‘superior’, and the Greens (other than Green Amy in that tabbard) lack humour. The Greens didn’t use its conference to give the Lucas campaign a significant ‘bump’. Can ‘that Platts woman’ escape the Labour conference village (where she can be very busy but irrelevant to the voters in Brighton Pavilion) and bring the Labour Party to life for her voters? On second thoughts, the Labour Party is Nancy’s biggest handicap.  Perhaps she should keep a low profile and wait for Brown et al to leave town!

6 Responses

  1. That Nancy is causing you second thoughts is testament to what a smart choice she was in 2007. I think we’d have a very different race if the Greens had stuck with the local, brilliant and popular Keith Taylor.

    The other aspect of the Greens activity that I find rather odd, is their fascination with celebrity. The last three ‘events’ that I heard about have all been supported by a ‘big name’.

    The closing gala at Green conference was replete with Mark Thomas, the glitzy launch at the Fabrica art gallery was hosted by Marcus Brigstocke and Dr Lucas will be alongside Colin Firth at a film viewing at The Duke of Yorks the week after next.

    It does rather reinforce the perception that they’re elitist, middle class and remote from ordinary folk.

    • Me thinks Dan is somewhat envious of the Greens. Mark Thomas is an uncomplicated, anti-establishment activist who is also well informed and very entertaining. That he endorses the Greens is to their credit. I agree about Marcus Brigstocke. There are aspects of his humour that could cause disrepute. And as for the dashing Mr Darcy, get over it, Dan, and accept that this is a major coup. I imagine that even Nancy will be tempted to turn up on the night. Given half a chance Labour would jump at the oppoetunity to have the endorsement of Yhomas and Firth. If you can’t accept that it suggests that Nancy is the only Labourite with humour and good taste (although cuddly judging puppy contests is pushing the definition of good taste!).

  2. I think you just accused me of having no sense of humour, ;o)

    My objection is not against the humour of Messrs Brigstocke or Thomas. As an avid Radio 4 listener I am well versed with their work and I’m a fan of both. I’ll leave Firth to the Mr Darcy fans… although certainly v amusing in Love, Actually.

    I just wonder why celebrity is such a tool in the Green arsenal in Pavilion. I wonder why they think it’s important. I draw no conclusions. ;o)

  3. Sometimes you have to look behind the story.

    The ‘puppy party’ was a fun way to raise awareness of the cruelty of puppy farming. Puppy farms are the bit of the industry that many people don’t know about. A bitch is caged at the age of one and made to breed. They are not allowed outside for exercise and often don’t get properly fed or cared for. The puppies are taken away from her at 4 weeks old and can die within 24 hours.

    Inter breeding and poor conditions mean the puppies are stressed and often suffer from disabilities or genetic diseases. People go to puppy farms and spend hundreds of pounds on a family pet only to take it home and find it quickly gets sick and sometimes even dies. This is heartbreaking for people and especially for children.

    It is time to stop this cruel trade, protect the pups and the people that might buy them.

    • You are, of course, right, Nancy. My failed attempt at humour did no justice to this issue. I apologise.

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