Caroline Lucas

The Government Is Moving Mountains for Shale, In Defiance of the Science and of Public Feeling

Caroline Lucas | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The truth is, we still do not know enough about the potential health, societal and environmental impacts of fracking. The government's gone all-out to win hearts and minds on fracking - assuring robust regulation and economic benefits. The reality looks quite different.

Here Come the Greens...

Zahid Ayden | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
Zahid Ayden

On Monday, the Green Party unveiled their new campaign poster in Westminster, boasting a rich, emerald green where the MP of Brighton Pavillion Caroline Lucas and party leader Natalie Bennett stand, both with beaming smiles and the tagline: What are you afraid of boys? - I like it...

Don't Hate Politics in 2015, Reclaim It

Bradley Allsop | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

When did we give up? When did we become so pessimistic as a society that we couldn't envision any good coming out of politics? And when did shallow aesthetic concerns trump nuanced political commentary?

'What Are You Afraid Of, Boys?'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics

The Green Party has thrown down the gauntlet to the other party leaders over their seeming exclusion from the televised election debates asking them: ...

Under Attack From a Beige Establishment: Why the Green Party Are Now a Major Political Force

Karl Davis | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

The Green Party have a duty to continue to provide for the nation a fresh, fair and radical alternative to the 'business as usual' establishment, just as media chiefs from the BBC, ITV, SKY et al have a duty to promote and encourage a wide, engaging and relevant debate involving those extended the right to vote and elect.

New Infrastructure Bill Puts UK Climate Ambition at Risk

Kyla Mandel | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Politics
Kyla Mandel

The UK's climate change ambition will be in serious jeopardy once the Infrastructure Bill is passed into law. If that's not worrying enough, barely anyone seems to be taking notice.

There Is a Popular, Practical and Uncostly Way to Fix Our Railways... So What's the Delay?

Caroline Lucas | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

We should bring franchises back into public hands as they fail or expire. To do so, we must first acknowledge our railways are a social, economic and environmental investment... Our fragmented system doesn't work. The separation of track and wheel is madness. A new rail system should be fully reunified - and half measures don't deliver.

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 20.01.2015 | 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 17.01.2015 | 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 09.01.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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 03.01.2015 | 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 29.12.2014 | 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 24.12.2014 | 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 28.11.2014 | 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.