Natalie Bennett

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...

Budget 2014 Takes Doublespeak to New Depths

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

With a budget that achieves the exact opposite of the objectives the Chancellor has set himself we are all wondering what will come out of the Ministry of Truth next. A Localism Act that centralises planning perhaps; or a Big Society that cuts benefits for the poor and vulnerable?

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.

Education Reform - Why It's Time to Abolish Dictatorial, Oppressive Ofsted

Natalie Bennett | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

General revolt against Ofsted is growing, with schools around the country (and their communities) saying that its processes are not fair or reasonable, its criteria arbitrary, and its inspections incredibly stressful and destructive.

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".

Osbo's Public Sector Cuts Will Be The Biggest In 50 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's austerity agenda will see the public sector suffer the biggest cuts in fifty years, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned. ...

'Go Work In Costa..' (Even If You'll Fight Hundreds For Each Post)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Employment minister Esther McVey has been accused of peddling "fact-free nonsense" after urging young people to apply for entry-level jobs like with t...

Osborne Launches His Great British Sell-Off

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been accused of planning to "sell off the family silver" over new plans to pay down the budget deficit by potentially selling any o...

International Migrants Day Should Have Been Something to Celebrate Not Shy From

Natalie Bennett | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

I'll admit to a special interest in this - like 11.4% of the British population, I am foreign born, indeed a twice-migrant since I lived for five years in Bangkok after I left my native Australia before choosing to become British.

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.

Greenest Government Ever? Now That's What I Call Crap

Natalie Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

One dictionary defines "crap" as vulgar slang for "something of extremely poor quality". That's a fair description for this government's pledge to be "the greenest government ever" - and of its energy policy, or rather failure to match the urgent need to have an energy policy.

How DEFRA Wastes The Equivalent Of A Truck Load Of Food Each Month

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics

Since coming to office coalition ministers have been keen to tell Britons to stop wasting food - but government departments should probably be prepare...

Asa Bennett

PM Under Fire Over Top Donor's Links To Sri Lankan Regime

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has come under fire after it emerged that one of the Tory Party's top donors, Lycamobile, has close links to the Sri Lanka's President M...

'Ban The Jobless From Voting'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics

Godfrey Bloom has called for unemployed people to be banned from voting, in a call derided as "social apartheid". In a controversial blog for the ...

Who'd Be Young Today? The Many Ways in Which We Are Failing Our Children

Natalie Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

With the start of the university year and the surging presence of Young Green groups up and down the country, and speaking at events for the Youth Parliament and Woodcraft Folk, I've been spending a lot of time with young people. And an impressive lot they are - engaged, committed, determined. But what I've been hearing from them is how tough every aspect of life is for them and their peers, how institutions and services meant to be equipping them for life aren't delivering, and how economic pressures bear down on them from every angle.

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...

Talking About Immigration: Time for Honesty and Decency

Natalie Bennett | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

In Britain today we are witnessing a "race to the bottom" on immigration rhetoric. Less than two in 10 of us think that immigration is a problem for our local area, and yet about three quarters are in favour of reducing immigration. That's the sad consequence of the vicious rhetoric.

Media Reform: Time to Go Back to Leveson

Natalie Bennett | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The fact is that quality, independent, varied media, in which a wide range of voices and public views can be heard, are essential for our democracy. Given our current problems with democracy, with sinking election turnouts and widespread disillusionment, this is an issue that cannot be ignored.

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.

The Greens Need Better PR

William Davie | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

Considering that the best UKIP can claim is a some local councillors and a smattering of MEPs, while the Greens have councillors, two London Assembly Members, some MEPs and a Member of Parliament, how come Farage gets so much more coverage?

The Queen's Speech That Could Have Been

Natalie Bennett | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Wednesday's Queen's Speech was both a disgrace and disappointment - a failure on both the grounds of what it contained, and what it didn't. What it did contain was a disgraceful pandering to the Ukip vote, in its financially toothless, but socially damaging, provisions on immigration.

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.

The Green Light of Spring

Natalie Bennett | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

I have found in many places traditional voters of different stripes, Labour and particularly Tory, who might not agree with every Green Party policy, but who will be voting Green on Thursday because they value their local Green Party's hard work and community knowledge, and have found their county or unitary council unresponsive, undemocratic, untransparent - and they want shed some Green light on its workings.

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.