The Green party are the same the world over.
Their members are well meaning if somewhat deluded, but the politicians and parties themselves are crazy lunatics who have blood on their hands through their disastrous policies.
The Green party is having a bit of a surge in the UK at the moment and they are the real danger rather than the UKIP.
Reading the depressing news from Greece this morning, most Britons would be forgiven for imagining: â€śCouldnâ€™t happen here.â€ť A not-terribly-post-Communist politician is about to become prime minister, by promising that which is both arithmetically and politically impossible.
Well: beware Greeks bearing nonsense on stilts. Couldnâ€™t happen here? Look again. Britain already elects Green Party representatives who can make Syriza seem like the thoughtful mainstream. Welcome to the city of Brighton and Hove, where the Green Party has been in power since the 2011 council elections.
Syrizaâ€™s leader named his son in honour of Che Guevara? Thatâ€™s nothing. Hereâ€™s Ben Duncan, at the time the Green Party councillor for Queenâ€™s Park ward, on June 28 last year, tweeting about a memorial to the Armed Forces: â€śArmed Forces Day has certainly brought the hired killers onto the streets of #Brighton today. Hard to explain to my son!â€ť
It certainly would be hard to explain to a son why he shouldnâ€™t spit in such a fatherâ€™s face, but I donâ€™t think that was Mr Duncanâ€™s suggestion. The local Green Party asked him to resign as a Green, or something â€“ they have no formal whipping system â€“ but he remains a councillor, and, as far as I can tell, continues to â€śworkâ€ť for Green MEP Jean Lambert for which we â€“ the taxpaying â€śweâ€ť â€“ pay him something like thirty grand a year.
Brighton voters will have been less surprised than most, then, to hear Natalie Bennett, the Greensâ€™ national leader, rhapsodising over her plans to convert the Army into some sort of counselling service.
Thatâ€™s the thing about the Greens. They react in horror when one of their footsoldiers is caught being explicit over an idea â€“ soldiers=killers, for example â€“ to which their national policy is hardly antithetical. The only substantive difference I can see between Duncan and Bennett is that he was caught sneering, while sheâ€™s still allowed to pretend the drivel in her manifesto is just light-hearted, and â€śfresh and newâ€ť, as she put it at the weekend.