Saturday, February 13, 2010


Here's an interesting story about a "real" (well, I guess that I'll take that over "self-professed") Witch being rejected as a candidate by the local British Green Party. The rejection appears not to have anything to do with her religion, which makes one wonder why the article mentions it, at all. To see just how silly this is, I've reproduced the article below, substituting the word "Episcopalian" for "Witch" and "Shaman and Shamanka."

Episcopalian's poll hopes dashed after rejection by Greens
Saturday, February 13, 2010, 07:00

A REAL Episcopalian hoping for success in the forthcoming general election claims she has been rejected by the Green Party.

Sarah Goldsmith, (pictured left) 50, who lives in Torre, Torquay, made her parliamentary bid for the Green Party last month.

She said her name was in the hat with others to become the Bay's prospective parliamentary candidate.

But since then she's been told her new membership has been refused.

The dejected mum-of-two said she believed the decision has been made because she is seen as an 'agitator' within the party.

And she claims she has been ousted because she has criticised the administration of the South Devon group — the biggest in the country.

Ms Goldsmith said she quit the party in 2008 after previously being selected as prospective parliamentary candidate for Torbay and on the Euro list for the South West.

She said: "I pulled out and quit the party because I had lost faith in the party.

"I wish I had not, but that has happened."

But she applied again in January and received her membership welcome pack, dated January 20, from Green Party HQ.

But just two weeks later, an email from Green Party chief executive David Murray states her membership had been refused under the urgent procedures process.

It read: "The Green Party Regional Council, in its capacity to review party membership applications, has resolved not to accept your recent application for membership to the Green Party.

"As part of this review process, GPRC spoke to both elected regional councillors in your area, then the matter then went through the GPRC urgent procedures process last week.

"All five representatives voted for the application to be refused. It is not possible to appeal against this decision, although any applicant may reapply to the party in the future if they wish."

Disappointed Ms Goldsmith said: "They were determined to have me out.

"It is a shame because I still stand by the party manifesto.

"I said I would go quietly. I will walk away. If they don't want me, then they don't want me," she said.

Ms Goldsmith said she had hoped to represent Torbay on green issues.

She said her lifestyle as a 10th generation hereditary Episcopalian is in tune with the party's politics.

Ms Goldsmith describes herself as a female Episcopalian who practises the ancient arts to help students on their spiritual journey.

A Green Party spokesman did not make any comment on Ms Goldsmith's recent membership application.

He said: "Sarah Goldsmith resigned from the Green Party in May 2008. The South Devon Green Party will shortly run a selection process to find our general election candidate for the Torbay constituency.

"That candidate will champion our party's goals to preserve public services, restore the NHS, and create jobs to address the recession."

See? It makes no sense.

Picture found here.

1 comment:

Thalia Took said...

Hmm. I can sort of see the value in mentioning someone's minority status, for lack of a better term, within the general idea of correcting assumptions people make, and getting people, I don't know, comfortable with diversity. So they stop seeing Witches or disabled people or people with albinism or whoever as exceptions or 'freaks' or something.

But yeah, nothing much to do with anything in this article. Though it does sound like she mentioned it (and to me it makes sense, that being a Witch and being concerned with environmental issues would go hand in hand, so I can see that she might assume it was relevant and a qualification for the job, though of course that's not how the general populace are going to read it), so perhaps that's part of why it's in there.

But, yeah, the article leaves a bit of a nasty taste in the mouth. And I have to wonder. Is 'real witch' a substitute for 'real bitch'?