Opinion polls place the Greens in fourth place - but the results from the Vote for Policies survey show a much different picture... But despite most people preferring the Greens on paper, in real life we see the opposite.
I recently Chaired an Annual General Meeting for the charity that I run, we got through all of the points without much pain, and celebrated with a few glasses of wine once we had completed the meeting. We though we were home and dry, as all of the business had ended, when I was asked to speak to two people who had just entered the room.
I find the rise in UKIP's popularity absolutely terrifying, largely because I can't stand the thought of somebody making sweeping generalisations about a particular religion, gender or race and actually being in a position of power where they are able to do something about it, and encourage others to agree with their sentiments.
Ukip MEP Tim Aker recently paid a visit to his old sixth form. Hoping to win over the soon-to-be first time voters he stood with folded arms as lines of teenagers spilled noisily into the lecture theatre. Within minutes hundreds of seats had filled and late-arrivers were perching in the aisles...
Whether one sees immigration as universally wonderful, sensible in moderation and quality or as something harmful the facts are undeniable: a European country can rely on foreign workers to man its health service as much or as little as it wishes to.
As Brian Paddick put it on Twitter; if you hate what Ukip and now Labour and the Conservatives stand for, then it's time to reconsider voting Liberal Democrat.
The Conservative Party is leaking support across the board, and constituency opinion polls show them on course to perform worse in the marginal seats that they hold than elsewhere in the country. Why, many people are asking, isn't Cameron's leadership under serious threat?
We know that our politicians lie and obfuscate for their personal benefit. It is a shame that we and the media, those people that are supposed to transmit the unvarnished truth, are in any way different.
Ukip is a threat to the two established parties. It might not win many seats in the 2015 general election but on its current national polling it could have significant impact on the final result. And as a consequence, both the Conservatives and Labour need to find answers to re-engage their disaffected traditional voters if they are to stem the Ukip tide.
Emily Thornberry was wrong in her assumption, but she wasn't alone and it wasn't without foundation. Patriotism has been hijacked. Right wing movements like the English Defence League and Britain First use patriotism and the flag of St. George as a guise for their racism, and it's time to claim it back.
The former Prime Minister, Sir John Major has recently launched an attack on UKIP, by calling us "profoundly un-British in every way". This is rich from a man that signed the Maastricht treaty, thus gave away many British powers to an unelected European Union and tried to get us into the Euro.
I recently became a parliamentary candidate for the Green Party. After years of railing against politicians, the irony, and perhaps the hypocrisy, of becoming one myself has not been lost on me...
Although Ukip have some way to go before they have even the slightest possibility of genuinely holding the balance of power in Parliament, after a second by-election victory, the party are quickly beginning to believe that with the help of the growing number of disenchanted voters, the impossible might just be possible...
Tweeting a picture of a terraced house, van in driveway, flags flying, is classist. Flags and vans are not an inherent part of working class culture, or unquestioned and undisputed by the working class. St George's crosses do not naturally bloom from the walls of terraced houses. Thornberry had the same reaction to that house as this council house kid would have.
Whoever or wherever you are in Britain today the sad fact is millions of people mainly the under 30's are not exercising their right to vote, under 56% of under 24's are registered compared to 96% of over 65's...
Nigel Farage describes himself as a "radical", but how radical can he be with his two new MPs hailing from one of the big three parties? Ukip's newest ex-Tory recruits are canny operators, dragging the party towards the centre as their price for carrying its message into the House of Commons.