UK Green Party

If You Want Genuine Political Debate, Turn Off Nick vs Nigel

Clare Phipps | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Politics
Clare Phipps

I switched on the radio on last Wednesday evening to hear men shouting over the top of each other. A new "Mens' Hour"? A replay of Tuesday's football? No, it was the monotone sound of our supposed democracy in action...

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...

Budget 2014: It's Time to Tackle the 'Hard-Working Families' Rhetoric

Matt Hawkins | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

Not only should we question what the Conservative vision of a hard-working society looks like in reality, we should also remember who is evangelising it and why. When it comes to work and family backgrounds the Coalition cabinet could not be more unrepresentative of the run-of-the-mill British family.

David Cameron's Had a Bad Week - Even By His Standards

Natalie Bennett | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

When religious leaders across the spectrum line up to say your policies have created a "national crisis" of hunger and poverty, when your government is forced to push out a long-delayed report that comprehensively debunks your already obviously weak explanation for the explosive growth of food banks, it really isn't a great idea to claim that your policies were driven by a "moral mission".

Paying the Polluter to Pollute

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

For as long as oil and gas extraction is taking place, it is right to tax it heavily. These taxes should rightfully be paying to mop up the Thames Valley and the Somerset levels, for sea walls and flood defences wherever our communities need them.

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.

Greens in Europe: Daring to Be Different

Keith Taylor | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

We Greens are proud of being different. We're proud that we highlighted the risks of climate change long before it became fashionable to do so, we're proud to have said 'no' to the war in the Iraq and we're proud to be standing with migrants whilst the political establishment attempts to blame them for a financial crisis they didn't cause.

Climate Change - 'The Ultimate in Boring Conversation'?

Gregor Smith | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

German magazine Der Spiegel recently conducted an interview with Randy Olson, a renowned biology professor and producer of documentaries, primarily su...

Is This How We Will Greet the New Year?

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

Is this how we will greet a New Year, to the raucous sound of racism, inequality and poverty, and the mindless applause which spurs them on?

A Railway Run for Passengers Not Shareholders: There's an Idea

Natalie Bennett | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

I hear the term "modal shift" - referring to the move of passengers from cars to public transport -- a lot, and a lot of discussion of how to achieve that. But I've now seen the answer - copy the Swiss in practically everything. And an excellent place to start would be bringing the railways back into public hands.

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.

Only Collective Political Action Can Turn the Tides of Human Impact

Tony Clarke | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Clarke

As the UK government belatedly announced the deployment of HMS Illustrious to bring emergency relief to the dying typhoon victims of Tacloban, Philippines Climate Chief, Yeb Sano ,addressed the urgency of climate change and the need for global cooperation in order to lessen the frequency of such devastating natural disasters.

Tory MP Accused of 'Backpedalling' On 'Dangerous' Fracking

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK

A Tory MP who warned that fracking could be "disastrous" in his Hampshire constituency has been accused of "backpedalling" on his concerns. George...

Vital That Prime Minister Publishes Legal Advice on Syria

Caroline Lucas | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

It is vital that MPs' deliberations are informed by all relevant information, and based on sound legal grounding. I have therefore written to the Prime Minister, calling on him to publish the legal opinion that he will have sought on military action, and to place this before MPs in advance of the vote.

Jobs You Can Build a Life On: The British Economy Isn't Delivering

Natalie Bennett | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

One in 10 British workers is working fewer hours than they'd like to. Forced casualisation is a reality for millions. The 'underemployment rate' for 16-24-year-olds is 30%. Retail workers are being offered 12-hour weeks, at a level that puts them below the national insurance payment threshold.

Spreading the Green Party Message

Natalie Bennett | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The growth wasn't as spectacular as a certain other party outside the "Biggest Three", which you might have seen mentioned once or twice on television or heard about on radio, but it reflects the next step in the Green Party's development.

I Hope You Voted

Gareth Milner | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Politics
Gareth Milner

Whether you're Labour, Liberal Democrat, Conservative, UKIP, Green Party or other, you will have good people in your party. It also goes to say that whatever your affiliation, you'll have bad people in your party too.

The Party Where Being a Woman Is Political - By Choice

Zion Lights | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Politics
Zion Lights

The attraction of this political party for women is simple. Green Party benefits include practical things as a national rape crisis hotline, options for job-share, equal pay, maternity care, childcare and maternity/paternity leave, supporting breastfeeding, support for domestic abuse and violence.

The Environmental Crisis Is an Economic Opportunity

Natalie Bennett | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

All too often I'm told that now's not the time to raise environmental issues. Of course it is tough for voters not sure where tomorrow's lunch money or next week's rent is coming from to think beyond those pressing personal problems, but the fact is there are many immediate environmental issues that demand our attention now.

George Osborne's Autumn Statement hasn't given Britain the reboot it desperately needs

Natalie Bennett | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Against all of the rules of accounting George Osborne managed to bring his borrowing estimates down only by adding inĀ£3.5bn of money from the 4G phone spectrum auction that hasn't actually happened yet and won't anyway be concluded until 2013.

We Need to Bring Our Troops Home

Natalie Bennett | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Our most recent occupation of Afghanistan has been marked, much like the others, by a directionless war that turns Afghans into enemies while getting bogged down in mud and blood. The growing occurrence of so called 'green on blue' attacks on allied forces are not simply a failure of security checks but a deeper sign that more Afghan's than ever are unconvinced that the 11 year occupation has been for their benefit. We should bring home the 9,000 British service men and women still stationed in Afghanistan, taking them out of harm's way.

John Hayes Is Wrong About Wind Farms

Natalie Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

There's an even bigger concern behind the latest row. Whatever happened to David 'Hug a Husky' Cameron? Has he been replaced by a 'Frack the Countryside' lookalike?

The Green Party Will Be Marching on 20 October Against the Austerity Cuts - Will Labour?

Natalie Bennett | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The march, which takes place on 20 October, has been organised by the trades union movement and will see thousands of members of the public, union members, political organisations and campaign groups show their opposition to the Coalition's heartless, failed, false economies.

Boris And Ken Get Rowdy Over London Riots

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Politics

Mayor Boris Johnson was caught in a fiery exchange with Ken Livingstone on Wednesday night, accusing his Labour opponent of "playing politics" over la...

Jenny Jones, The 'Dark Sparkly Green' Mayoral Candidate, On Disliking Boris But Respecting Ken

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 03.04.2012 | UK Politics

Jenny Jones, the Green party mayoral candidate for London, came out of the first hustings in the election campaign on Tuesday smelling of roses, or da...