Green Movement, Westminster

Discussion about UK politics, elections, MPs, and the Westminster Parliament.

Activists to hand-in 260,000-strong #InviteTheGreens petition

Posted on November 12, 2014 by | Comments Off

Greens are set to hand in the petition demanding the party is invited onto the TV General Election debates on Thursday morning. The petition has been signed by over 260,000 people since launching just a month ago – gathering around 60,000 signatures per week. Among those handing it in to the BBC’s Broadcasting House in […]

The Parallels for UK Labour from US Democrats

Posted on November 7, 2014 by | 3 Comments

The 2014 midterms were a massive rebuke to Obama and US Democrats. In state after state Democrat Senators, Congresspeople and Governors were wiped out, far beyond pollsters expectations. Obama’s last two years in Presidency look to be ridden with Republican opposition and messy compromise. As a lesson in politics the midterms should carry worrying signs […]

Is this the future of party funding?

Posted on November 4, 2014 by | 3 Comments

We all know the facts about parties. Most of their memberships are declining, and with falling subs they’re more and more relying on large donors – typically from wealthy people and major companies. But the Greens may have just discovered a much more democratic way of financing its future – tapping into something that’s been […]

‘Invite the Greens’ petition hits 200,000 signatures

Posted on November 3, 2014 by | 2 Comments

The petition demanding the major broadcasters invite the Greens onto the 2015 General Election debates has now reached over 200,000 signatures. It hit the 200k mark this afternoon, piling further pressure on the media companies, including the BBC, to open up the televised debates to the Green Party. The landmark means that the petition has […]

Time for Plaid and the Greens to collaborate

Posted on October 29, 2014 by | 3 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 […]

The system that plays those that it is supposed to help

Posted on October 17, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Sophie is a writer and educator based in Glasgow and a volunteer with Unity Centre Glasgow. Amidst a media war on immigrants and the politics that plays to it, claims of bogus asylum seekers ‘playing the system’ are rife. For the past year and a half, I have volunteered with the Unity Centre, a support […]

The next Green MP? Peter McColl

Posted on October 11, 2014 by | Comments Off

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. […]

Next, Ed must stand up to the Mail when it bullies the vulnerable

Posted on October 4, 2013 by | Comments Off

  This is fun. For those of us who have always hated the Daily Mail, the last week has been, as one tweeter put it, “Christmasy”. It feels like the moment it turns out everyone else hates the school bully too. And so their cruel spell is broken. Let’s hope that Ed will keep being […]

Time for a chat about left electoral pacts?

Posted on July 24, 2013 by | 19 Comments

“There is nothing more divisive on the left than a call for unity”. These wise words came, I am told, from the ever witty Scottish Socialist Party leader Colin Fox after the launch of Ken Loach’s new outfit, Left Unity. He is, of course, right. The prospect that, in the short term, all of the […]

Falkirk West: listen to what the journalists aren’t saying

Posted on July 8, 2013 by | 3 Comments

Lisa Simpson, in an ancient episode of the famous TV series, tells us how to enjoy jazz music: “listen to the notes they’re not playing”. It’s good advice in politics too. In this context, it’s notable that two words are missing from the story we are being told by the media about Falkirk West: “Dennis […]

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