Eight Things We Learnt From Green Party Conference

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

Greens have had some time to return, recover, and reflect on the party's Autumn Conference in Birmingham last weekend. So here's some thoughts from a (relative) Green conference veteran.

The Green Party Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Amelia Womack | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

British politics is in turmoil at the moment, and often feels like it's a dark place to be. As a young woman, I know that first hand. With so much in the air - particularly after Brexit - the Greens are needed more than ever. Because we are, after all, one of the few stable bastions of hope.

Tax Havens: They Simply Shouldn't Exist

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

11.5 million documents leaked from "one of the world's most secretive companies", Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, have given us a view of how th...

Basic Income: We Cannot Afford Not to Do It

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Basic Income is a serious proposal necessary to address many of the economic problems facing the developed world. Let us start by defining what Basic ...

What Would You Do If Your Wealth Were $28Billion?

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What sort of system have we created that relentlessly siphons wealth from the poor to the richest 1%, and in the process deprives humanity of the resources that could bring happiness, contentment and joy to billions of people? When, oh when, will world leaders take concrete steps to remedy this injustice and unfairness?

Climate Change: Fracking for Natural Gas Is Mad, Bad and Dangerous

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

So if natural gas is the wrong fuel to use to halt climate change, why on earth does this government want to frack Britain to extract it? Why is this government so fixated with the extractive industries? Why not strongly support the truly safe, sustainable, jobs-rich renewable energy industries?

Climate Change: Fairness and Justice Must Guide our Actions

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
Adnan Al-Daini

As a species we have tremendous talents. Our scientific achievements are incredible; our advances in medicine and technology are stunning. So let us give our ingenuity and imagination a free reign to think beyond our borders. Let us work together to face climate change in a spirit of fairness and justice, guided by our shared humanity regardless of where we happen to live.

Nuclear Electricity Generation Belongs to the Past Not the Future

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

So the British government's response to climate change is to go nuclear. The Hinkley Point nuclear power station is to be built jointly by Chinese com...

Why Corbyn and the Left's Euphoria Will End

Charlie Evans | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

The Left faces the biggest challenge British politics has seen in recent political history. And this challenge is undoubtedly going to overwhelm them, and the exciting and endearing Jeremy Corbyn will be resigned to the history textbooks.

Jeremy Corbyn Is the Best Bet for Labour to Win the Next Election

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What is it with the Labour Party? There is a surge in party membership, and this is a worry for the men in suits in the Westminster bubble! Why? Peopl...

Britain's Electoral System Is Broken and In Need of Serious Reform

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 30.05.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

I have always believed, perhaps naively, that in a democracy, if a system is shown to be manifestly unjust and unfair, then those who have the power to address the problem will respond positively. Action will then follow to address the grievance. Alas, this often is not the case.

Labour's Policies and Election Campaign - Incoherent, and Shambolic

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

The Labour Party lost the election because its policies and campaign lacked coherence; it appeared to be a collection of policies that did not have a common arching principle to connect them. The leadership always appeared to be on the defensive, and unable to reply with a counter narrative to that presented by the Tories.

Labour Pains: Giving Birth to a New Politics

Indra Adnan | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Politics
Indra Adnan

Hours to go and I can feel the adrenaline kicking in. Whatever happens on polling day, the General Election 2015 has been chaotic. The growing complexity of British politics, signalled by the appearance of seven leaders in the leadership debate compared to four last time, has not led to a better quality of discussion or engagement with the voters, but higher degrees of posturing and spinning against the storm.

Votes for Animals - Okay?

Joe Duckworth | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
Joe Duckworth

There's something exciting about seeing people getting passionate about politics, and enthused about animals. On Thursday, I witnessed both those things in equal measure, and it was great!

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

David Mooney | Posted 14.06.2015 | 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...

SNP Trident Policy is Ill Thought in an Uncertain World

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

Britain's nuclear deterrent has been a contentious issue on the left for as long as it has existed. And it is not difficult to sympathise with the ant...

Bread and Roses in Modern Britain

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

Prior to the 1912 Massachusetts textile strike, socialist and feminist, Rose Schneiderman, made a plea: 'What the woman who labours wants is the right...

The Best Policy?

Tony Schumacher | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Schumacher

I know it sounds daft (although not as daft as The Greens' housing policies) but before we jump up and down and crucify her (I may already be a bit late) let me make my argument.

Natalie Bennett's Apology For 'Excruciating' Media Interviews Comes Too Late

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics

Natalie Bennett has been forced to issue a grovelling apology to her party after a series of "excruciating" media interviews overshadowed her party's ...

The Green Party's Well-Meaning Naivety Ought To Concern Us All

Joseph Miles | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

The Green Party have sometimes been described as the "UKIP of the Left". Are you bored with your old party? Do you want to trade it in for a shinier new model? Say goodbye to all those stuffy old politicians from the Westminster old boys' club; the Green Party is for you...

Dave Has Even More Conditions Before He'll Do The TV Debates Again

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has indicated that he will only agree to the televised leader debates if they take place earlier than suggested and also include parties...

The Young Are the Future and it Is Green

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

It is gratifying to see that the young are showing the rest of us how democracy should really work. We need to concentrate on policies and not the way politicians speak, or dress, or loyalty to a party as if it were a football team. They are saying we want a real change; we want a vision that encompasses our duty to fellow human beings, and our connections with others beyond our borders, and our moral duty to those less fortunate, to the poor and vulnerable.

Trident Debate: All Weapons Now Point to the Election

Serena Cowdy | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Serena Cowdy

This week, I sat in the public gallery of the House of Commons, to watch an Opposition Day debate on the UK's Trident nuclear weapons programme. Sometimes I like to sit in the gallery, instead of watching on TV at home, because it means you get to see lots more fascinating things.

'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: ...

Clegg Refuses To Back Green Party In Debates

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Politics

The Green Party is being used as an "alibi" to scupper the televised general election debates, Nick Clegg said as he declined to back their inclusion....