UK Green Party

An Ethical and Effective Global Drugs Policy Is at Last on the Horizon

Molly Meacher | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Meacher

The United Nations will have a Special Session on global drug policy next April and will begin discussions next month in New York. Our Guidance on Interpreting the Drug Conventions, published today, sets out an entirely new vision for global drug policy. The first step is to abandon the hopeless objective of creating a drug free world.

Politics Continues to Radically Realign the Continental Shift Leaving Post-Political Hacks Dazed and Confused - In Fact, Dumbstruck

Christian Garland | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

British politics is shifting and realigning, the shift being part of something far bigger than just UK politics, and such a continental shift leaves p...

Calais Is a Humanitarian Crisis

Amelia Womack | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

The public is being fed a constant diet of hyperbole about hordes of dangerous criminals roaming the Channel Tunnel, assaulting British citizens and storming Britain's borders. A mood of anxiety and hostility risks creeping over the public, with growing demands for the UK to close its borders and weed out 'illegal' immigrants from British life. But behind this rhetoric is a very different reality, and it's that reality that we will be confronting today as we visit the 'jungle' camp in Calais.

The First 100 Days of Conservative Rule Have Been Grim for Anyone Who Cares About Securing a Safe Climate for Our Children and Grandchildren

Caroline Lucas | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

As we look back on the first 100 days of this Government, many politicians, businesses and campaigners are also looking forward - with just four months to go until world leaders meet in Paris to agree a deal on climate change... Yet the first 100 days of Conservative rule have been grim for anyone who cares about securing a safe climate for our children and grandchildren.

A Healthy Society Needs Strong Trade Unions

Natalie Bennett | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The government last week set out its proposals to further reduce the rights of our trade unions, already labouring under the most restrictive laws in Europe, to cut away at rights that the Tolpuddle martyrs, who were being commemorated over the weekend, fought so hard for in the 19th Century. These plans are dreadful, and must be fought tooth and nail, which the Green Party will be doing.

Heathrow Might Have Been His Answer, but Davies Was Asking the Wrong Question

Caroline Lucas | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The proposed new runway isn't just bad news for people living nearby - it's extremely damaging to our efforts to meet our climate change targets... What Davies hasn't set out in his 344 page report is that there are genuine alternatives to airport expansion.

Saturday's Demonstration Is Only the Beginning - Together, We Can Defeat Austerity

Natalie Bennett | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

I know that one march won't convince George Osborne to instantly change track. But it's the cumulative effect of all our marches, demos, and protests that is so powerful - each sending out the message that an alternative future is possible and that there is mass support ready to deliver it.

Public Perception of Environmentalism Is Key to Fighting Climate Change

Amelia Womack | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

If we want people to get behind the movement fighting climate change, we have to make it clear what that means: not sacrificing the things we need to save a few trees, but working towards a radical overhaul of our economy to make it work for this generation and the next; make it work for the many, not the few; and make it truly fit for the future.

To Stop This Government's Worst Instincts, Progressives Must Work Together

Caroline Lucas | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Britain is under attack. The Government is waging war on those who need support, taking out our hard won workplace rights and removing our right to privacy. But, in the face of such an assault, it's vital we fight back. Progressives both inside and outside of parliament must work together to defeat these latest proposals and, crucially, start our own radical democratic offensive. I have no doubt that MPs from across the political spectrum share my commitment to building a fairer greener future - it's time we put our differences aside and work together to that end.

Let's Be Frank: The Result of The General Election Was Devastating

Amelia Womack | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

During the campaign, I met so many people desperately in need of a change of government. People whose basic rights were viciously undermined by the coalition, people forced to live their lives in an unnecessary state of struggle. We didn't just need a change of policy, but a radical change in the attitude of the government.

Did the Conservatives Really Win the General Election?

Adriano Mérola Marotta | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
Adriano Mérola Marotta

Since the Conservative party "won" the UK general election on May 7th, people have taken to the streets across the UK in a defiant display of disenchantment with the electoral system and the austerity consensus of the major political parties. The prospect of 5 more years of crippling austerity has prompted many to reclaim the future of UK politics.

Don't Wait Until 2020: Make the Tories Tremble Today

Bradley Allsop | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The next five years will be hard and cruel and will bring us closer to the edge than we thought possible but it can bring us closer to each other too. We face a crisis of truly staggering proportions, a planet and her people crying out for relief and change.

Vote for Real Change

Amelia Womack | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

This election is unlike any other. British politics is splintering, but what most of us can agree on is that change is desperately needed. This Thursday is your chance to make it happen.

Vote for Real Change

Amelia Womack | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

This election is unlike any other. British politics is splintering, but what most of us can agree on is that change is desperately needed. This Thursday is your chance to make it happen.

Why Voting Green Is Best For The Family

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Ellis-Gage

When you have children your way of thinking changes. You may think it won't but it will. You may already have children and think that you are exactly the same as before, but you aren't. Because I think one thing changes in all parents (and if it doesn't change then I think it should)...

The Green Party Is Right to Question Growth - It's the Problem, not the Cure

Bradley Allsop | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

If we could replace this growth meme with another, the idea that human, animal and environmental wellbeing are the goal, and that growth is not always the best way to achieve this, we could save ourselves. The question is, can we do this before it's too late?

SNP Threats Are Just a Symptom of Britain's Endangered Constitution

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

The real patriot will choose a British political party to preserve the stability needed for economic growth, and the mother of all parliaments. She still remains our best hope for independence from greater Europe, in the world, and from self-destructive sectarianism.

Why Students Should Vote Green

Chris Foren | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Foren

Last week Amelia-Rose Tighe suggested that students should vote for the Labour party rather than give their support to the Greens. But there are many ...

An Unfair Election

Robin Lustig | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Although no one has any idea who'll win the election on 7 May, if indeed anyone wins, there is one absolute certainty: our voting system stinks. Correction: the system we use for electing Westminster MPs stinks.

Bennett Makes Extraordinary Claim Over Possible Cabinet Position

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Politics

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett made the extraordinary claim on Wednesday that she would turn down the role of Environment Secretary if it were off...

Top 20 Reasons to Love Citizen Income

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Citizen Income is the best solution to the injustices of our current tax and benefit system; but as Abba Eban once said, "Men and nations behave wisely when they have exhausted all other resources."

You Can't Have a Big Society in a Small State

Georgia Elander | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

In the past week, we've seen four new election manifestos - but with both Labour and the Tories struggling to make any kind of decisive poll gain, some old ideas are rearing their heads. The Tories, failing to achieve the desperately-awaited 'crossover' in the polls, are very rapidly ditching their stern economic message of 'tough choices' and attempting to resurrect the groaning corpse of the 'big society.'

Five Lessons from the Challengers' Debate

Paul Carroll | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Carroll

What impact this debate has on public perceptions of the candidates - both present and absent on the night - and how people vote on 7th May remains to be seen. Our latest Political Monitor suggests that while the last seven-way debate may have helped boost some of the leaders' personal ratings, the race between the Conservatives and Labour remains as tight as ever.

The Green Party Manifesto Tells the Real Story of This Election

Bradley Allsop | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

You'll see them cracking jokes about plywood and tree huggers over the next few weeks, but they won't come close to tackling the central message of the Greens because they can't. The rich have brought people and planet to their knees, and only the Greens want them to find their feet again.

Political Parties Challenged on Welfare by Disabled People and Their Families

James Bolton | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
James Bolton

The hottest day of the year so far was a fitting backdrop to a debate that had the potential to be one of the most heated of the election campaign...