Jo Tuckman, author of the excellent book Mexico: Democracy Interrupted, wrote an article for the Guardian yesterday called “Mexico’s Greens: pro-death penalty, allegedly corrupt – and not very green.”
She starts the piece by noting that
(1) Greens traditionally have had to fight the stereotype that they are tree-hugging idealists that will never make much a mark in the rough and tumble political world.
(2) This is not a problem for the Mexican Greens, a.k.a The “False Greens”
Here are some reasons why:
a. “The party have regularly been accused of corruption, selling political favours – and of showing no interest in environmental issues. In 2009, the party ran an election campaign calling for the return of the death penalty. Of the infamous 2009 campaign slogan calling for “Death to Kidnappers”, he said: “It is true that the European Greens would never support the death penalty, but they don’t live in Mexico.”
b. “They [the Green party] have taken a family business to an extreme that borders on organized crime. Their sale of favours has bubbled up like foam.”
c. “Their electoral strategy relies heavily on remarkably slick and well-targeted political advertising that offers apparently easy solutions to major problems, and rarely has much to do with environmental issues. Defending the strategy, Escobar said: “We are the second biggest Green party in the world, after the Germans, so we have to defend the whole range of issues affecting the population.”
d. “The Greens concentrate the bad elements of Mexican politics and take them to an extreme,” said political analyst Jesús Silva Herzog. “There are sinister figures in all the big parties, but there are some respectable ones too. I cannot think of a single respectable figure in the Green Party.”
Like the old cliche that birds of a feather flock together [cada oveja con su pareja!], the Green Party is allied with the PRI.