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7 Utterly Depressing Things Rochester Has Taught Us About Party Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip's Mark Reckless has romped to victory in the Rochester and Strood by-election, beating the Tories by 2,920, having secured 16,867 votes, or 42% o...

How to Vote Green - While Keeping the Tories Out

Joseph Finlay | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

At long last the media is covering the Green Party. While calling it a surge may be a little premature, today's poll showing them on 8% (once again ...

Natalie Bennett Talks Revolution and Urges Us All to 'Do' Politics

Debbie Griffiths | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Debbie Griffiths

The Conservative stronghold of Stratford upon Avon seems an unlikely venue to talk about political revolution, but that didn't deter the Green Party leader from accepting an invitation from the local Greens to come and share her very different vision for Britain.

The Greens Are the True Party of the Left

Dr James Hannam | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dr James Hannam

If you believe in drastic reform, you have to vote for it. The disengagement espoused by Russell Brand won't change anything. The Greens scoring ten or fifteen percent in a general election, together with a scatter of seats in the university towns, would make the established parties take notice.

Living Wage Week: The Big Business Model Needs Changing

Natalie Bennett | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

To give small business a chance we need to make big business and multinationals pay their fair share of taxes and give their staff decent wages and conditions. They need to treat their suppliers decently, obey the law and not act anti-socially.

Green Party Surges Past Lib Dems In Latest Poll

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics

The Greens have overtaken the Liberal Democrats for the first time in a decade, in the latest poll which is certain to fuel calls for the party to be ...

The Green Party Must Be in the Leaders Debates - Democracy Demands It

Natalie Bennett | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The broadcasters are demonstrating that they are utterly out of touch with the public mood. They are clinging to the idea that the future of politics looks like the past, when the public are increasingly grasping that our triple crises - economic, social and environmental - demands new answers that the three business-as-usual parties have shown are beyond their understanding.

Barely Any Of You Seem To Support Nick Now...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg's efforts to rally the Liberal Democrat faithful have been awkwardly undermined as a new poll finds the party has slipped to fourth place. ...

Luddite at the End of the Tunnel?

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

The welfare budget alone costs the country £275billion every year and is rising. The costs of bureaucracy, fraud and social welfare would be on top of that. The time is upon us when we must think again about the value of work and the needs of the human. The Citizens Income marks out the way to a more hopeful, equitable and positive future.

Ours Was a Campaign of Hope and Inspiration

Patrick Harvie | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Patrick Harvie

This has been a unique time in Scotland's history. Over the last two years we have had an opportunity which billions of people across the world can only dream of - an opportunity to imagine a better country. The result is close but clear, and naturally we accept the decision the people of Scotland have made. In the Green Yes campaign we sought to give a distinctive vision of Scotland as a beacon of social, economic and environmental progress. I argued that Scottish independence was far more likely to deliver that vision than the backward-looking and increasingly broken British state centred on Westminster.

Osborne's Great British Sell-Off Has Been A Seriously Awkward Flop

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's plan to sell redundant government property at a "fair price" has been branded a "damp squib" after the Huffington Post UK found that ...

Imagining a World Without War

Natalie Bennett | Posted 06.10.2014 | 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.

Why the Tories Have to Go in 2015

Bradley Allsop | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The Tory government have the audacity to parade their poisonous set of policies as a panacea, when really it is just towing the line of a proven disastrous dogma - neo-liberalism... If the Tories win the next election - there will be another recession, and inequality will get worse.

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.

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.

Only the Greens Will Fight to Stop European Democracy Being Undermined by Corporate Greed

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

The debate surrounding the EU elections in the UK has been dominated by politicians from the three main parties trying to appeal to UKIP voters on issues of domestic policy - without actually discussing the biggest challenges currently facing the EU, and how your vote can change them.

Is Cameron About To Agree To A TV Debate With Farage?

PA | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron could take part in a pre-election TV debate with Nigel Farage as part of a series of broadcast showdowns in the run-up to the 2015 conte...

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...

Budget 2014 Takes Doublespeak to New Depths

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 19.05.2014 | 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 17.05.2014 | 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.

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

Natalie Bennett | Posted 09.05.2014 | 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 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".

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...