I argued that there was a crisis of the 5 “E”s: the Economy, the Environment, the Establishment, Europe and of Ethics.
I described the staggering inequality that the capitalist economy had created in the UK and internationally, and the scary implications of the latest IPCC report on global warming.
I argued that almost all the major components of the Establishment were more discredited than they had ever been during my lifetime. Looking at politics here and in Europe, I suggested that two party mainstream politics was over, probably for ever, and people were increasingly looking for alternatives – protest parties and those developing a radically different world view – whether from the Right or the Left.
My conclusion was that to solve those multiple crises we need an integrated moral and political vision of a new and better world where the planet is cherished and protected for future generations, and where the economy is organised round the needs of the majority, not a tiny elite, and the vulnerable are cared for. Only the Green Party is articulating such a vision.
The message seemed to go down well – the students admitted to being initially sceptical that they would find my message convincing or appealing. But after an hour and a half of discussion and questions, 9 people signed up to help my campaign!