To be truly radical, the Greens should insist on work for all who want it and income for all who need it, expounding the humane maxim, from each according to ability, to each according to need.
The thing is, politicians are getting their priorities all wrong. They're running around photoshopping campaign posters and trying 'out-norm' each other on Question Time - while what they should be doing is sitting down with a pie, some gin and and the Game of Thrones box set.
In recent years, the Great British political game has become a truly sordid affair. The actors in this game rely on tenuous, unsupported statistics; they all bend the truth as far as the truth can be bent; and cheating is encouraged, as long as neither team are found to be cheating.
Until taxpayers are able to see how much of their taxes go to the NHS and can explicitly see that amount increase every time more is spent on health, then the NHS will remain degraded as a subject of mere political point scoring. Voters will be unable either to make serious judgments as to whether they are getting value for money or hold politicians to account as they throw out whatever numbers they choose in the usual election time silly auction.
Whenever a general election is in sight, party strategists waste no time in analyzing how best to threaten the competition. Often, such maestros will flock to the political archives, tracing the tracks of past elections in the search for a tactic that will lead their party to victory...
When taking public transport in the UK, we complain about delays, engineering works, and a lack of air conditioning. On the route from Bukavu to Uvira, the threat of forest fires, bandits and death by machete is a daily reality...
I understand the need for diplomatic niceties to be observed. That's why when a royal head of state dies, I'm perfectly happy for one of our royals to attend the funeral. But why on earth do we have to send the prime minister as well? ... Wouldn't it be nice if, like Germany, we could halt our arms sales to what is undoubtedly one of the nastiest regimes on the planet. And when the new king dies - he's already 79 - perhaps we could send Prince Charles on his own. I'm sure he'd manage just fine.
Greece has elected Europe's first far-left government of modern times. Spain looks set to put in power a party which didn't exist five years ago. Labour is about to be wiped out in Scotland, the place of its birth. The Tories are terrified that Ukip will do the same to them in their own heartland. Are these all just local disturbances, or different symptoms of the same crisis?
Perhaps I am wearing green-tinted spectacles but Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas present differently. They conduct themselves with integrity and respect. They are not fueled by negativity, nor are they obsessed with defending their records. We can argue they have nothing to defend, but maybe that's more of a reason to support them.
I don't smoke marijuana, however I completely support the case for legalisation. An increasing amount of people are turning to the drug to help with ongoing medical issues such as cancer and arthritis. Marijuana has been proven to help relieve pain and improve quality of life over more conventional legal drugs such as Morphine.
There is no uniform rule, not all Northern cities perform badly, not all big cities necessarily have more jobs; all I know is that if we are going to fix this economic mess we are in, we are going to have to grow out of focussing on the North/South divide.
A lesson we might learn from Greece is for the need to challenge the centre and to be bold. There is an alternative and it is up to those of us on the peripheries of our states and unions to stand up for our interests.
It's time to realize that our best hope of getting devolution and the powers we need to make things better is to stop asking for more money and more land, and simply make a case for better control over what we have. London is a Powerhouse with even more potential to maximise.
It was a battle hard fought but hunting wild animals with dogs for sport was eventually banned in England and Wales in 2004. This is a fantastic achievement. However, what a lot of people perhaps don't realise is that despite this ban, hunting continues more than ever before. We may have won the battle, but the war is far from over.
Today in Addis Ababa, the African Union (AU) meets for its annual summit which this year will focus on women's empowerment and developing Agenda 2063, their 50 year development plan. This long term approach aims for inclusive growth and sustainable development and a shift away from aid-dependency.
Paying for healthcare is something I'd had no experience of until my recent trip to South Africa. I became unwell and needed to see a doctor, and whilst as a tourist I had travel insurance, the process meant that I still came face-to-face with the reality of paying for healthcare.