Natalie Bennett

Here Come the Greens...

Zahid Ayden | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
Zahid Ayden

On Monday, the Green Party unveiled their new campaign poster in Westminster, boasting a rich, emerald green where the MP of Brighton Pavillion Caroline Lucas and party leader Natalie Bennett stand, both with beaming smiles and the tagline: What are you afraid of boys? - I like it...

'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....

Under Attack From a Beige Establishment: Why the Green Party Are Now a Major Political Force

Karl Davis | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

The Green Party have a duty to continue to provide for the nation a fresh, fair and radical alternative to the 'business as usual' establishment, just as media chiefs from the BBC, ITV, SKY et al have a duty to promote and encourage a wide, engaging and relevant debate involving those extended the right to vote and elect.

Why David Cameron Rejecting Election Debates Is a Totally Great Idea

Jack Butler | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

I'm certain that the only factor in the prime minister's mind when he made this announcement was the issue of fairness - not the tactical consideration that the Greens might take votes from the prime minister's rivals, or the fact that incumbents rarely do well in debates, or that he didn't do fantastically in them last time. I also believe that the whole notion of TV debates during one of the most significant elections in years should indeed hinge on the inclusion of a party commanding less than 10% of the vote in nationwide polling.

Cameron 'Chicken' For Trying To Dodge TV Debates

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons & Asa Bennett | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has said he will refuse to take part in TV election debates if Green Party leader Natalie Bennett is excluded. At the moment broadcas...

The Green Party Must Get a Fair Hearing From Ofcom and Broadcasters

Natalie Bennett | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Obviously, as leader of the Green Party, I'm deeply disappointed by this decision, but as a voter and citizen I'm also gravely concerned about the possible impact on British democracy if this stance is maintained in the final guidance.

And The Most Gay-Friendly Political Party Leader Is...

PA | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg is considered the most "gay-friendly" party leader - but the Liberal Democrats are struggling to turn that into votes, a poll has found. ...

The Wrong Spending, for the Wrong Reasons

Natalie Bennett | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The public seem less convinced by the failed politics and failed economics of the past than ever. What people do want to see is a credible alternative to austerity that holds out hope for the future and removes fear and insecurity from people's lives.... As opinion polls show clearly, the British people don't believe in George Osborne's 'long-term economic plan'. And nor, it seems, does he.

Asa Bennett

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 18.01.2015 | 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 11.01.2015 | 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 09.01.2015 | 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 07.01.2015 | 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 31.12.2014 | 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.