The Greens have made a good point about prosperity

The Greens have made a good point about prosperity

The Greens have made a good point about prosperity: why do the major parties only ever measure it in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP)?

GDP is the total value of goods produced and services provided in a country during a single year. It is therefore a trading figure that only has meaning for people involved in making a profit from such trades and says nothing about the prosperity of the nation as a whole.

Not only that, but if the national economic aim is constant growth, rather than simply ensuring that everyone has what they need (including what they need to develop new technologies and progress), then it drives the over-exploitation of resources, which is harmful to the environment.

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You can see why the Greens would be concerned, can’t you?

Co-leader Adrian Ramsay has said a “wider range of economic measures” should be reflected when deciding what policies to pursue.

He told the BBC that GDP “doesn’t tell us about how unequal our society is,” or whether public services are working, or measure impacts on the environment.

The Greens say it promotes a focus on “consumerism” and other indicators would better capture the extent to which economic policies protect nature and improve well-being.

They’re right, aren’t they? And that means Labour, the Tories and the others have got it wrong.

You need to remember that when you cast your vote:

Labour, the Tories and the other large parties in Westminster are wrong on how to improve prosperity.


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