Green Party Conference Autumn 2015 – A First Timer’s Take

The sun shone on us Greens last weekend as we traveled down to Bournemouth in our thousands for the Autumn Green Party Conference, the first since the election, and the first since Corbynmania grabbed the nation. So there was plenty to talk about.

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Bennett opened conference with a joke that seemed to go down well, despite making little sense about us taking seats from the Lib Dems, as they were in the same venue just the week before for their conference. We haven’t taken any seats from them quite yet – but her optimism was infectious. The whole weekend was one of positivity, inspiration, and resilience. Continue reading

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In the event of a Corbyn Win

There has been much speculation about what will happen to the Green Party in the event of a Corbyn win, and in the event of a Corbyn lose. This conundrum will start to unravel at around midday tomorrow, when the country learns who will be entrusted with leading the opposition for the next 5 years.corbyn-collage-escenic Continue reading

A letter from a 14 year old

This letter was sent to us from a 14 year old whose mother is a Green voter. She wanted to ask some questions before making her decision. I have her permission to share this, and wanted to do so as I think it perfectly demonstrates why it is so important that we engage with young people, even though they are currently unable to vote. The other parties ignore young people because they do not vote, or are unable to vote, and thusly many young people turn off to politics as their voices do not get heard. This is wrong, and is something the Green Party seek to address. To keep the Green Surge going, we need to look to the next generation. As this one young lady has shown, they also want answers, as well as solutions, and most importantly honesty. I replied from the heart, because that is what young people deserve. We can be a vehicle for change, but to be so, we need to make sure we are engaging with our young people as much as possible, in multiple ways, and not just picking them up and using them when we want their vote. That is morally repugnant as well as counter-productive. Continue reading

British Politics has changed – and the media have finally acknowledged it

#massdebate was the best thing ever to happen in British politics and the only waft of democratic proceedings we have seen and will see before May 7th.

They tackled the deficit, NHS, education, immigration, and each other. As I type the pollsters try to put together a picture of ‘who won on what’. Here is my league table:

  1. Natalie Bennett
  2. Nicola Sturgeon
  3. Nick Clegg
  4. Leanne Wood
  5. Ed Milliband
  6. David Cameron
  7. Nigel Farage

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A Voter’s Manifesto

As we wait with bated breath for the manifestos of 2015, I thought it apt to write a voter’s manifesto; outlining what I expect from the political class, and outlining what I will vote for. This manifesto will address some key policy areas that affect the common man and explain why I am voting Green.

As a voter I expect transparency, honesty and integrity throughout the election process.

I am unlikely to get it. Continue reading

Righting the wrong

We have taken a wrong turn somewhere as a society when far and radical right parties are starting to take over our institutions. Does no one remember where this lead last time? We have turned right into the start of WW3.

Everyone has the right to vote, and the right to vote right, but only if they really know what voting right means beyond the rhetoric of the Daily Mail. There are several things that are worrying about the results of the local, and European elections, but also some hope and lessons to be learnt by us here in the UK before we go to the polls again next May. Continue reading