Caroline Lucas

The Last British Man In Guantánamo Is Now A Giant Inflatable

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK

Politicians and celebrities have posed with a giant inflatable to support the last British man in Guantánamo, accusing governments of leaving Shaker ...

We Need a More Courageous, Robust Response If We're to Save Our NHS

Caroline Lucas | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The NHS Reinstatement Bill does what it says on the tin. This is the Bill for a truly publicly-provided healthcare service. I hope the shadow secretary of state for health will follow its logic. Our principles for reform should not be shaped by who privatised the NHS but by how it was privatised and where the dangers still lie.

Imagining a World Without the Greens

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

It would appear the powers that be want you to imagine a future without the Greens. This is the future the BBC is prefiguring with its decision to exclude us from the election debates. By doing so, they create a self-fulfilling prophecy: Greens are not a serious electoral option and our contribution therefore means nothing.

The Greens Are the True Party of the Left

Dr James Hannam | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dr James Hannam

If you believe in drastic reform, you have to vote for it. The disengagement espoused by Russell Brand won't change anything. The Greens scoring ten or fifteen percent in a general election, together with a scatter of seats in the university towns, would make the established parties take notice.

Badgers... Time for Evidence-Based Policy Rather Than Policy-Based Evidence

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

This week heralded an all too familiar event in the UK Parliament - a House of Commons debate on the badger cull. With the second year of culling having very recently completed, politicians and animal lovers alike are eagerly awaiting the news of just how many badgers were killed over the last six weeks in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

IPCC Report: A Tipping Point for Political Action

Caroline Lucas | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Climate change demands a collective response. We can't expect other countries to act if we don't. And as UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said: "Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act; time is not on our side."

A Vote Against Real Recall Is a Vote Against Democracy

Caroline Lucas | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

We're at a crossroads. We can shake the sand from our ears, or count the cost of our inertia. If we don't trust our voters, they will never trust us, and we'll have no one but ourselves to blame for the cynicism, disillusionment and disengagement that will continue to pervade our democracy.

Our Prohibitionist Drugs Policy Isn't Working

Julian Huppert | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Politics
Julian Huppert

The case for reform grows stronger by the day, as does public support for a rethink. We need to be bold and courageous to follow the evidence and put an end to the prohibitionist approach which has repeatedly and invariably failed us all.

Occupy Parliament Square: Messy, Brilliant and In Need of Mummy

James Moran | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Politics
James Moran

Standing in the middle of Parliament Square, I watch the October twilight turn the breath of the Superintendent and the Baroness into steam. In the middle of hundreds of protestors with placards like "People, not banks!", the Green member of the House of Lords Jenny Jones is receiving a Pinteresque line of questioning...

The Path to Perpetual War

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

The UK Parliament vote to bomb Iraq was depressing. Crude political words about 'homeland security', threats to our shores, threats to our people, have whipped many into a panic. The persuasion to bomb was clumsy. There are alternatives.

Why Aren't More People Going Green?

Joel Durston | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Joel Durston

The Scottish independence debate prompted numerous claims from the left of the Scots actually having a chance to decide their own future. This isn't a new complaint - many groups, Occupy and the People's Assembly among others, have been posing it, especially since the economic collapse.

Look At These Glorious Pictures Of People Celebrating Brighton Pride

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK

Thousands of people have stepped out in glorious fashion to celebrate one of the UK's biggest and brightest gay pride events as a day of festivities g...

These Pictures Show People Have Had Enough Of The War On Drugs

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK

Activists in more than 100 cities have taken to the streets to call for an end to the war on drugs. These powerful images show that across the worl...

Charlotte Meredith

Rejecting Cannabis Legalisation Is 'Unscientific And Unethical'

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK

Britain's leading doctors have faced a fierce backlash from a drug policy expert after they this week voted down a motion that would push for the lega...

'The System Is Broken': Celebrities And MPs Call For Drug Law Reform On Day Of Global Action

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK

The war on drugs has failed - that's what more than 90 celebrities, politicians, lawyers and health experts have written to the prime minister in an u...

Who, Me? Tony Blair Denies Iraq Crisis Responsibility

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Politics

The looming civil war and bloody insurgency in Iraq were caused by the West's failure to intervene in Syria, not the 2003 invasion to topple Saddam Hu...

More Fracking Set For Southern Tory Heartlands

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron is set to boost extra compensation offered to communities affected by controversial "fracking" to an average of £800,000 in a bid to by...

Opportunity Knocks - But Who Will Answer?

Grainne Gillis | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Grainne Gillis

A few years back, I was on tour in Germany. By sheer chance, someone I'd gone to college with was sitting in the audience in Munich. It was a big thrill to see so familiar a face so far from home and as it turned out, Colin had moved with his girlfriend to Dachau. This gave me the incentive I needed to do, something I'd been putting off: which was to visit a concentration camp.

Lucas Found Not Guilty Over Anti-Fracking Protest

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's only Green MP has vowed to continue her fight to end fracking after being found not guilty of obstructing a public highway and a public orde...

Supporters Gather For Green MP's Fracking Protest Court Case

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK

Green MP Caroline Lucas wanted to send a clear message to the Government that fracking "was not needed or wanted" when she was arrested during protest...

A Fresh Look at Our Drug Laws Is the First Step Towards a Sane, Evidence-Based Policy

Caroline Lucas | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Every day the media present us with examples of the miserable failure of the "war on drugs". Yet the government presses on with the prohibition approach, refusing to acknowledge the obvious reality that it's not working.

Power to the People?

Caroline Lucas | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Unquestionably, major transformation of the way the UK generates its heat and power is essential... But the long-awaited Community Energy Strategy, published this week by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, represents small steps towards that future at a time when we need giant leaps.

Animal Welfare: Why We Must All Work Together

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Lee Abraham

It's time ladies and gentlemen to all join ranks and fight puppy farming so that every single one of us is proudly part of positive change for animal welfare, and the world will be reminded once again of the nation of animal lovers we proudly once were before we preferred to exploit them by painful greed and unnecessary suffering.

Why COP19 Fell Woefully Short of the Urgent Action We Need

Caroline Lucas | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

History was made at the UN climate talks last week - not by the achievement of a breakthrough in negotiations, unfortunately, but by the unprecedented walk-out by 800 civil society groups and trade unions. Citing the appalling lack of ambition and commitment manifest at the 19th yearly session of the global climate change conference, NGOs blamed the lobbying from fossil fuel companies for impeding progress at the talks.

Greenest Government Ever? Now That's What I Call Crap

Natalie Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

One dictionary defines "crap" as vulgar slang for "something of extremely poor quality". That's a fair description for this government's pledge to be "the greenest government ever" - and of its energy policy, or rather failure to match the urgent need to have an energy policy.