UK Green Party

Imagining a World Without War

Natalie Bennett | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

What we need to do now is go further... to imagine, and then create, a world without war. With the hideous death-toll in Gaza, the chaos in Syria and Ukraine, the turmoil in Libya, that might seem a long way from the reality of 2014. But the important first step is to say "this is possible", and then to start to plan the actions needed to bring a peaceful world into being.

Forget Ukip - Chase the Youth Vote

Bradley Allsop | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The main parties shouldn't be tripping over themselves to out-do UKIP, allowing the far-right to set the debate, and dance to Farage's tune. Instead politicians should be focusing on one of the most neglected demographics, giving what will soon be the people running society a sense of hope and inclusion - regardless of their country of origin. Politicians instead, should be chasing young voters.

Supermarket Tax Would Boost Local Business

Natalie Bennett | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Twenty councils, among them Green-led Brighton and Hove, asked the government for powers to put a levy on big supermarkets in their area. The money is to be used to support local communities damaged by the business practices of these giants... small businesses and cooperatives could again flower and grow in communities around the country.

The Rise of the Greens - A Personal Account

Bradley Allsop | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

It's not just the infinitely fairer and more logical policies of the Greens (such as renationalising the trains, a living wage, and tackling climate change) that resonate, but their whole way of doing politics... the Greens have a possible solution to the depressing downward spiral that is Learned Helplessness.

Green Is the New Feminism

Sarah Cope | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Cope

The recent calls for the founding of a feminist political party have overlooked the fact that such a party already exists. The Green Party has a tranche of women-centric policies, though it could be argued that we fail to adequately promote them.

Trade Unions Have a Key Role to Play in the Transformation of Our Broken Economic Model

Natalie Bennett | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

In general, unionised workers are better off than non-unionised. Even in Britain, home to the toughest anti-union legislation in Western Europe, unions make a difference; strong unions make a bigger one.

We Cannot Keep Supporting Labour and The Tories Like they are Football Teams, Riding out a Rough Season by Obidiently Turning Up to Vote for Them No Matter What They Do

Harry Cunningham | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Cunningham

I'm not a particularly political person. I am not a Marxist, a Socialist, a Conservative, a Liberal...I find it all a bit bewildering to be honest. And I'm not alone. For though most people have a plethora of views about the huge problems facing the country at the moment...

The Greens - Not Ukip - Are the Real Alternative to the Political Establishment

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Voting Green is a vote for something. The Greens are a party that offers an imaginative, alternative positive vision of how our future could look. This is fairly unique, given the broad political consensus between the stale, grey Tories, Labour and Lib Dems.

Ukip's Rise Should Provoke Soul-Searching Among Our Political Class

Natalie Bennett | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The three largest parties haven't taken on Ukip, but all too often pandered to it, seeking to pull back Ukip voters by outdoing it in rhetoric and policy. This is not only morally wrong, but politically stupid. By pandering to Ukip's stance on immigration and Europe, the three largest parties have helped to make its claims that immigration has "caused" low wages, has "caused" housing shortages, has "caused" crowded hospitals and schools seem plausible... It's not surprising that Ukip's nasty, simplistic recipe of 'blame the foreigner' has got traction.

Vast Inequality Is a Stain on Our Society

Keith Taylor | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

There can be no greater challenge to a just society than a gaping divide between rich and poor. And it's a problem that, by it's very nature, will only get worse unless serious action is taken. That means both lifting the poorest out of poverty and also bringing the richest back down to earth.

Britain's Housing Is Bust

Natalie Bennett | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Because social housing - having been handed to unaccountable private landlords - is in such short supply, it is now available only to those in the most dire, desperate need. Every other tenant is in the hands of unregulated rental agents who are seemingly infinitely creative in their ability to dream up new charges.

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

Clare Phipps | Posted 02.06.2014 | 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 17.05.2014 | 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 26.04.2014 | 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 22.04.2014 | 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.