What is meant by the term ‘green politics’? How is it possible for the environment to have emerged as an important issue with the public, yet for the Green Party to have failed to win a single seat in Parliament? The major political parties now claim to have policies for the environment; how valid is this claim? Is the idea of sustainable development which has become the focus of Labour’s environmental policy realistic? To what extent has the politics of the environment moved beyond being an issue of political debate to become a serious form of public policy? This chapter addresses these issues, and assesses the impact of the EU and other international commitments on Britain’s environmental policy making. It concludes with an assessment of why the GM food issue climbed up the political agenda and how Labour dealt with it.
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