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Date published: 2007/01/04

The BBC says:

Derek Wall must be the only political leader to have been banned from every Tesco supermarket in Britain.

This fact was announced with a flourish by the Green Party when Mr Wall became its "male principal speaker" - the Greens don't do leaders - in November.

But Mr Wall looks a little bashful when I bring it up. He has never tested the ban out, he says.

He is very much a peaceful protester. Apart from anything else he practises a form of Zen Buddhism.

The Tesco ban came after he was photographed up a tree in Bristol, where he was campaigning against plans to open a new store.

Mr Wall is not a fan of Tesco, or any other multinational come to that - and he wants Green Party activists to get more involved in protesting against them.
When we meet in a Kensington pub, round the corner from the college where he works as an economics lecturer, Mr Wall is beaming about another poll which, he says, shows the Green Party's vote has gone up from 1% to 4%.

The party has since claimed its support has reached 5% of voters.
He is keen to stress the "practical steps" the Greens would take if they ever got into government such as massively increasing the amount spent on renewable energy and cutting carbon emissions by 6% a year.

He also favours eco-taxes which he said would linked to redistribution, to give more help to the poorest in society.

He is fiercely anti-consumerist and is convinced that people are starting to realise "if we base our identity on more and more consumption it's not very good".

Wall seems to be a perfect example of the typical Green, being a fully paid up member of the comfortable middle class, who hates big companies, who thinks that the workers should hand ever more of their money to government to be redistributed to the non-workers, and who is "fiercly anti-consumerist".

Of course he is not opposed to consumption, he is just opposed to consumption that he, a typical middle class control freak, does not like. So no doubt he (like all Greens) hates the proliferation of electronic gadgets in the house. Heck, who needs MP3 players and computers and large televisions? All gadgets which he doesn't like should be banned. All shops (such as Tescos) which he doesn't like should be banned. This is the "cult of the selfish" that proliferates in modern political life. ("If I don't like something, nobody else should be allowed to use it.")

The Greens want far more consumption on things that they approve of, such as education and the health service, and "the poorest in society". So it's not that they oppose consumption, they just oppose (most) consumption by individuals, and they are perfectly happy for government to consume more and more of the country's resources. The Greens are obviously far more competent to spend your money than you are.

The natural level of support for the Greens is 5% or so, because the comfortable middle class is not that large, and the Greens have to split those people with the Lib Dems, who are a bit more serious (but not by much, these days).

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