Articles by Adam Ramsay


Hello, I'm a co-editor of Bright Green. In my day job, I work for student campaigning network People & Planet. Once upon a time, I was a student politics hack at Edinburgh and I'm involved in various bits of activism, including through UK Uncut, No Shock Doctrine, Oxford Save Our Services, the Green Party, False Economy, UK Feminista, and various other bits and pieces. Along with Ali (also Bright Green co-editor) I run the recipe blog http://101waystocookmushrooms.wordpress.com.
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Time for Plaid and the Greens to collaborate

Posted on October 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

I watched Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood’s speech to her party conference this weekend on my laptop. My housemate – an economist and environmental activist – was next door, and heard the whole thing. He came in as she got her standing ovation, and asked the obvious question: “was that the leader of the Welsh […]

What to do with all these new members? On Brighton strategies and national strategies

Posted on October 22, 2014 | No Comments

Here’s a stat for you: membership of the Green parties in the UK has trebled since the last general election. The total number of signed up Greens has gone from around 10,000 to around 30,000. An astonishing proportion of that growth has come in the last few weeks. The surge in the number of Scottish […]

The next Green MP? Peter McColl

Posted on October 11, 2014 | No Comments

In 2015, Greens are targeting a number of seats across the UK. With this in mind, I thought I’d do a quick series of profiles of the candidates in these seats. First up, on the eve of the Scottish Green Party Conference, Peter McColl Scottish Green Party candidate in their national target seat, Edinburgh East. […]

Most Scottish charities supported independence. Next time, they should say so

Posted on October 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

Let’s pick that title apart. First, next time? Can I be sure there’s a next time? Maybe there won’t be a referendum again for hundreds of years. My suspicion is that there will be another in my lifetime, but that conversation’s for another day. For the moment, let’s assume there is, and move on to […]

Green Party of England and Wales membership passes 20,000

Posted on October 3, 2014 | No Comments

* Membership passed 20,000 today * Young Greens’ 100% growth this year is ‘testament to a sea-change going on in politics’ * Green candidates will be standing in 50% more seats at the 2015 General Election than in 2010 Membership of the Green Party of England and Wales has surged up 45% this year and […]

It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to: on Greens and the referendum

Posted on September 26, 2014 | 7 Comments

I am a member of the Green Party. In fact, I am a member of two Green Parties – the Scottish Green Party, and the Green Party of England and Wales – the two have long been friends, but independent. Sometimes, the party annoys the hell out of me. Sometimes, I’m embarrassed by it. But […]

The Scottish left needs to talk about collaboration, not another party

Posted on September 24, 2014 | 5 Comments

Greens campaigning in Norwich. Image: Norwich Green Party. In the last week, thousands of people have joined the Scottish Green Party and the SSP. Tens of thousands have joined the SNP. If it ever was a good idea to build a new left party in Scotland, then the time to launch it was two weeks […]

Labour disenfranchise 60% of electorate to win Oxford seat with lowest mandate ever

Posted on September 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

Back in May, there were city council elections in Oxford. In the Carfax ward, the former Labour council leader, Alex Hollingsworth stood. He lost narrowly to the Green candidate, Ruthi Brandt. A couple of months later, something else happened. Each Oxford ward has two councillors, and there are elections for one of them every two […]

Autumn’s here, and the yes campaign has a spring in its step

Posted on September 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

Ten years ago today I climbed to the top of Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine. I’d walked 2174 miles up the Appalachian Mountains from Springer Mountain, Georgia to get there. It was, in retrospect, probably a stupid thing to do – at the age of 18, I’d ruined my knees for life. But I […]

It’s time to join the Green Party

Posted on May 28, 2014 | 6 Comments

Last week, more than at any time I can remember, politically active friends from across the left – from the feminist, student, anti-austerity, environmental and democracy movements, seem to have turned out in droves to vote for The Green Party. This is an appeal to them – you – to join the party, and to […]

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