Blogging from the Green Party Conference at Hove. It is a wonderful experience, with an enormous sense of unity, common purpose and progress. The plenary debates and workshops are crisp and clear, there is no tension at all between the old and new, the centre and the local, and everyone is happy, at one with themselves and each other. There are masses of journalists from all the major national and international outlets here, asking searching yet intelligent and balanced questions regarding our policies; they seem genuinely excited by the notion that there is a political party that is developing policies, unalloyed by corporate donations, to create a sustainable and happy future for mankind.
Outside the sun is shining, and the clouds are scudding by, bearing seagulls swooping and wheeling, pure expressions of freedom. Among the seagulls I thought I noticed a couple of round pink mammals with flat round noses joining them in the joy of flight.