Brighton and Hove council’s Green Party administration has announced it will be pushing for a referendum on whether to save vital care services by increasing council tax by 4.75%. Here are ten immediate thoughts: 1) councils have been hit exceptionally hard by the cuts. This means services they provide – particularly social care for the [...]
Saturday saw the launch of a new left-wing political party in Britain – Left Unity. I won’t attempt to report on it, as I wasn’t there (nor did I want especially want to be). I just want to lay down a few thoughts on its implications for the wider left, particularly the Greens – speaking [...]
Edinburgh city councillor, European Parliament candidate and Bright Green editor Maggie Chapman has been elected unopposed as the new female co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party.
I have a generalist attitude to political campaigning. To use the traditional metaphor, I think that left wing social movements should use all of the tools in the box. These include civil disobedience, and mass public mobilisations, and education, and publicity stunts. And electioneering is one such gadget. Specifically, I’m a member of the Green [...]
Andy Chyba is a member of the Green Party in Wales, and was the lead candidate for the Welsh Greens in the European Parliament elections. He withdrew last week, explaining that he did not want to take votes away from Plaid Cymru, who share many of the ecosocialist goals of the Green Party of England [...]
I’m writing this from the Scottish Greens Conference in beautiful Inverness. Its been a great weekend, full of friendly folk and astutue positive thinking and I’ve thouroughly enjoyed being here. I have never been to a political party conference before and as a result some things strike me as odd about the proceedings. Others are [...]
Labour conference delegates arriving in Brighton this morning for a weekend of white wine, Things Can Only Get Better singalongs and suppressed self-loathing will be greeted by this animated billboard ad: Ladies and gentlemen, you can stop searching for your “UKIP of the left”.
John Denham has written an interesting piece on OurKingdom about today’s One Nation Labour and the New Labour of the 90s. In it, he wrestles with some of the same issues as Greens were discussing at their conference last weekend. Denham makes the point that New Labour wasn’t – at first – about a [...]
The Scottish Greens have selected 27-year-old grassroots democracy advocate Zara Kitson to contest the Dunfermline seat at Holyrood.
This guest post is by Sarah Cope, who has proposed a motion to Green Party Conference updating the party’s policy on Mental Health. Party members can read all of the submitted motions here. The policy motion has come out of a year’s research and discussion about the issue of mental health and the Green Party’s [...]keep looking »