He points to the important truth that the electorate sits substantially to the left of the Westminster parties.
In his concluding paragraphs, he suggests a "realignment of the left that... incorporates the... ideologies of smaller parties like the Greens".
Yes indeedy. I second that, on the grounds that the ecological worldview is wide enough to surpass the doctrinal differences that are intrinsic to the analytical approach of the left, which as any fule kno, is prone to fragmentation as different trends, parties and groupuscules dispute over the ideologically correct interpretation of this or that event in the light of this or that
The GIGO rule applies in philosophy as in computer science: garbage in, garbage out.
The basic problem in political theory is that they all start with a view of Man (and I use the term advisedly).
The basic starting point is the individual. No it's not, it's society. No its not its absolute freedom. No it's not, it's the domination of natural leaders. &c &c.
Man as a self existent being is not a good place to start any philosophy, because man is not a self-existent being. We are a mammalian primate species who is totally dependent on a healthy ecosystem for our continued quality of life. That realisation throw an entirely different light on human political philosophy. It affects all subsequent thinking, starting with ethics, since there is an added touchstone to ethical thinking. Ethics is not just a question of "Does my action harm others?" but also "Does my action harm our life support system?"
Social or communitarian thinking is implicit in all ecological thinking, not just because it is a fact that mankind is a social animal, but also because our ecosystem is a shared resource.
Hasan does not mention the Spirit Level, which demonstrates conclusively that to heal a multitude of medical and social problems what we have to do is close the RPG (Rich Poor Gap). This book by Wilkinson and Pickett is absolute dynamite.
And so on. Economics becomes a project nested within ecology.
The Green Party is in election mode at present, but after the election we should start to draw together a grand alliance of progressive parties and NGOs, forming a free alliance that can co-operate to bring about the radical political and economic reforms that our country and the world so desperately needs.