|(Published in The Gem)
The Green Party have finalised their candidates for the South Wales West Regional List for the Assembly Elections in 2011.
Two of the four candidates are from Bridgend Green Party which, considering South Wales West covers seven parliamentary constituencies, is indicative of the resurgent fortunes of Bridgend Green Party.
Andy Chyba has been the prime mover in re-establishing the Green Party in Bridgend and is one of the candidates. He describes himself as a libertarian leftie who was drawn to the party by the realisation that social justice and environmental issues are inextricably linked. As he taught geography for twenty years he has a sound understanding of such matters. He currently teaches literacy and numeracy skills to the long-term unemployed so he also understands how the current education and economic systems are failing people.
Andy says, “We need to recognise that the current education system was designed in Victorian times and simply does not prepare people for the world we live in today. On one hand we have shameful levels of functional illiteracy in our adult population, while on the other hand we have thousands of well-qualified graduates burdened with enormous lifelong debt and dire job prospects.
“Our whole political system is driven by the needs of big business and an economy built on the shifting sands of financial services that only truly ever serve their own interests rather than mine or yours.
“It is time to re-direct our focus to the needs of individuals, families and communities, especially those struggling to see a way forward in these depressing times. The Green Party offers a fresh approach that is optimistic, sustainable and fair. It is based on reducing inequalities and investing in job creation in the industries of the future here in South Wales. Every Green vote is important to building the pressure for a different, better way of doing things.”
Delyth Miller is the other Bridgend Green on the list of candidates. Delyth is a single mum with two children living in Bettws. She knows first-hand the difficulties and frustrations of trying to build a positive future in Britain today. The education system failed her badlybut she is now making up for lost time by going back to school and realising that the more you put into life, the more you get back. She therefore works as a Samaritans volunteer and an adult training centre volunteer, alongside being a secondary school governor and a part-time student.
Delyth says, “I have discovered late in life the importance of a good education and of never giving up on people. We have the people and resources to help everyone build themselves a better future, but all too often we see obstacles put in the way of people finding the help they need. The availability of any such help is now being jeopardised by the savage and unnecessary cuts from the Con-Dem coalition. This simply is not a fair approach to the problems we face.
“The Green Party offers a coherent programme for a fairer, better world for our children. I am passionate about providing a brighter future for the younger generation than the appalling legacy being created for them from a succession of Labour and Conservative governments. There are positive alternatives. Think outside the box and put your cross in the Green Party box.”