There’s 1 week to go… The still-increasing prospect of a balanced (aka ‘hung’) Parliament is good news for those of us who believe that it is high time that Britain recognised that it has multi-Party politics, and that British politicians need to work together, across Party lines, to secure a democratic mandate. However, it is distressing to see that the Party still managing to stay narrowly out in front in the national polls (the Conservative Party) is the Party most firmly committed to massive government cuts (rather than to what is obviously needed: investment in a ‘Green New Deal’) and to shrinking the state and to deregulation (when the gathering climate crisis – not to mention the last three years of unprecedented financial crisis – have demonstrated with absolute clarity the need for strong state action to prevent complete meltdown).
It’s time for real change. Sending Green Party MPs to Westminster, where they might play a crucial role in influencing for the better the policies of a minority government, or at least in preventing the dismal plans of the old Parties, is now the most positive and effective way in which voters can act.
Luckily the Green Party is now stronger than it has ever been before, and is for the first time ever in realistic contention to win in some seats, such as here in Norwich South, where I’m writing from. The Conservatives are weak here, and (to judge from all the posters on the streets, and from what people are saying to me on the doorstep) it is the Green Party that is in potential contention to take this seat from Labour.
The national debates have enabled many citizens to recognise that they can look beyond the old Parties.
Here, and in a number of other places in Britain, that certainly can and clearly should now mean: voting for the Greens. So that we can win.