Green Party party! UK Greens get first MP
In an historical UK election that has left many frustrated and probably no one satisfied, there was a silver – or if you’ll forgive me – Green lining to the Conservative cloud that swept the nation. No, it wasn’t named Clegg either, though one can only help that the Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister will have a positive influence on the Cameron-led Conservative government.
Caroline Lucas, head of the UK Green Party, made history by being the Party’s first Member of Parliament. Lucas is now the MP for Brighton Pavilion, a seaside constituency on England’s south coast.
Caroline Lucas describes her watershed election in an article in the Telegraph:
People in Brighton Pavilion have voted Green in spite of a system expressly designed to keep out smaller parties. It shows there is a real desire for a more fair system and a different kind of politics. It is not just about men in grey suits shouting at each other, it is about improving the places we live and all of us working together.
Yours truly was fortunate enough to attend the London Green Party post-election celebration in a non-descript pub in the Victory area. And let me just tell you that there ain’t no party like a Green Party party, ’cause a Green Party party don’t – well, you get the picture. There was a triumphant spirit about the place and an almost palpable sense of ebullience – plus a free vegetarian buffet, though I only managed to get a few potato wedge cheesey snacky things. That’ll teach me to skip dinner before heading out for a night on the town.
For something with a bit more substance, take a peek at some of the UK Green Party policies on their homepage.
Congratulations to Brighton and the UK Greens!
by Graham Land