UK Green Party

Why Students Should Vote Green

Chris Foren | Posted 27.04.2015 | 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 24.04.2015 | 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 21.04.2015 | 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 21.04.2015 | 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 20.04.2015 | 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 17.04.2015 | 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 17.04.2015 | 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...

Green Leader Natalie Bennett Is an Uninspiring, Joyless Communicator

Nick Smallman | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Smallman

Bennett doesn't look like she is ready to back herself. Voters are already forming impressions of her because of interviews like her car-crash on LBC. As they watch her displaying a lack of both warmth and bravado, they're perfectly within their rights to wonder why she's not ready.

Values-based Practice Inspires Confidence and Trust -- In the Current Political Whirl Who Do You Trust?

Miss Deap Khambay | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Politics
Miss Deap Khambay

With the countdown to the UK election now truly underway, how successful have party leaders been in gaining the nation's trust? Do you know if the candidates you vote for are in line with your moral compass?

Party Politics: Just Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

David Mooney | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics
David Mooney

We've hit the part of the General Election campaign that really starts to get on my nerves. The funny thing is, I genuinely think this vote could be one of the most interesting in the UK's history, given how disillusionment with large swathes of the political spectrum has resulted in no one party looking capable of gaining an overall majority...

Who Are You Voting Against Next Month?

Emma Flowers | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Politics
Emma Flowers

I am in full pre-election mindset at the moment,. So, when my wife said, this morning: "...oh, I'm glad he's doing it. He knows what he's doing and...

Politics Today, Politechs Tomorrow

Sam Tidswell-Norrish | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Tidswell-Norrish

If we inform our lives at our convenience through technology, and our primary news channel is no longer managed by the traditional broadcasting corporations but has shifted to our rapid social news feeds, then how do we engage future generations in the meatier topics of economics and politics?

Why the Labour Party Is Facing an Existential Crisis in Its Own Backyard

Lewis Campbell | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Campbell

Labour campaigned hand in glove with the Tories during the independence referendum - but the rot set in before I was even born with 'New Labour' - and Scots are extremely angry. But not nearly as angry as Labour are with the SNP.

WE Hold YOU to Account: Why the Broadcasters Need to Send a Clear Message to David Cameron

David Mooney | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Politics
David Mooney

The situation surrounding Prime Minister David Cameron and the will-he-won't-he with the TV election debates is fairly amusing from the outside, but it provides a huge insight into how politicians actually view the press.

The Treasury Must End Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels and Get Behind Clean Energy

Caroline Lucas | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Climate change threatens everything we hold dear, even if you're an economist. The business case for boosting investment in renewables and energy efficiency is incredibly compelling. Yet still the Chancellor seems hell-bent on hitching our economy to the dirty energy infrastructure of the past. So here's what's topping my wish list on George's Big Day: let's put politics aside and have a cross party statement on the risk of climate change to the UK economy. What a sweet surprise that would be - and what true political leadership it would demonstrate.

Poll Reveals That LGBT Students Are Voting Green

Eve Hartley | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Hartley

For now the Green party are an obvious choice for students wanting change. Fears of climate change and the scrapping of tuition fees, social welfare policies, high representation of women and LGBT candidates are all reasons why.

Politicians Catch Colds Too

Sarah Cope | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Politics
Sarah Cope

We all know that when we feel physically ill it affects our performance in every way. No one feels their most articulate, feisty self when battling a virus. Why then do we expect our public figures, such as leading politicians, to always be at the top of their game?

Politics 101: Be Clear, Be Brief, Shut Up

Robin Lustig | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I enjoy poking fun at politicians. It's good for them and keeps them on their toes. But I also acknowledge that we need them - honest, capable men and women who are prepared to put in long hours getting on with the kind of mind-numbingly tedious, detailed business of politics that would drive the rest of us to distraction.

A Step Forward on Sex and Relationship Education Is Long Overdue

Caroline Lucas | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

In the past, voices calling for improved Sex Ed in schools have found themselves drowned out. But the debate is shifting because it's plain that a significant number of our kids are being let down. A step forward is long overdue. It's time to shake the sand from our ears, take a collective breath, and check our classroom compass. We must equip our kids them with the tools they need for life - keeping them ignorant puts them at risk. Our children deserve the very best education. And our teachers deserve the very best support in giving it to them.

Young Voters - If You Want to Make a Difference at This General Election, You Can

Natalie Bennett | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Everywhere we look, young people can change the country for the better, but feel tempted not to try. There are reasons for this. Many young people feel abandoned by political parties, who they believe are chasing 'marginal' 'swing' votes or those from older sectors of society. Students feel abandoned by the Lib Dems, who broke their promise on tuition fees, the Conservatives, who never even made such a promise, and by the Labour Party, who introduced tuition fees in the first place. They look at their bank balances, and justifiably associate what they see with a political system which offers them nothing.

Splitting the Left - Labour or Green

James Woolven | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
James Woolven

Do I vote again for a party whose values do not correspond with my own, and remain hopeful that Labour will shift back to the left? Or do I move on, vote for a party whose policies I more closely believe in, and hope for a radical shift in the national allocation of seats?

£15Billion on Roads? Where the Money Would Be Better Spent

Keith Taylor | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

The Government's road building programme needs to be scrutinised and the money re-directed. With public services experiencing cuts like never before there are so many better ways this money could be used. Here are just a few ideas for what you could spend £15billion on instead...

The Green's Basic Income

Christopher Bacon | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Christopher Bacon

To be truly radical, the Greens should insist on work for all who want it and income for all who need it, expounding the humane maxim, from each according to ability, to each according to need.

The Green Index: Who's Voting Green?

Laurence Stellings | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Politics
Laurence Stellings

Demographically, Green Party support clearly skews younger - with those aged 18-24 much more likely to support the party than any other age group. Those aged 45+ are less likely than average to support the party...