How Natalie Bennett will make the Green Party a radical national force

Natalie Bennett was elected leader of the Green Party of England and Wales earlier this month. The Third Estate talks to her about her priorities, the future of the party and how she hopes to make it a more radical and national force than ever before. Under the leadership of Caroline Lucas, the party’s first […]

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Greens on the Up

When you’re a member of a small party to the left of Labour, elections rarely give you much to cheer. Thankfully, the Greens (in England at least) have provided a somewhat more positive narrative for those of us who believe the Labour party’s dominance over the progressive vote is a dangerous thing. Reading some of […]

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AV: Whose Side Are You On?

On the same day that David Cameron and arch-Blairite former Home Secretary, John Reid, shared a platform to denounce AV, the Evening Standard came out against voting reform, patronising the electorate by basing its flimsy argument on the crazy notion that AV is so much harder to understand. I wonder what’s so hard to understand […]

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Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day: Why I’m Voting Yes to AV

We all know that the Alternative Vote isn’t the panacea. It’s not going to cure all the ills of our democracy. Only true proportional representation can do that. But since it’s the best we have on offer, it deserves fair consideration on its own merits. I support AV because I believe that in a democracy, […]

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Tesco’s Strawberries and a Big (Green) Society

There’ve been some interesting posts around about the launch of the Big Society, from Harpy Marx and Anna Raccoon’s pieces on how it’s all to be funded, to the typically naive optimism of Left Foot Forward. Ed West at the Telegraph has an interesting spate of religion-bashing, though not half so daft as the knee-jerk […]

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Don’t Panic!

Well the election is over, the dust is settling, back-room deals are being made to find new ways to screw the country over, you’ve forgotten your towel and things are looking grim. DON’T PANIC! It’s not as bad as it seems. Across the lefty web, journalists and bloggers are taking stock of their situation, looking […]

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Every Cloud Has A Green Lining

It’s been a dark, dark night thus far. But the election of Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavillion as the country’s first ever Green MP is fantastic news. With any luck, this will lead to future successes for the Greens. A true radical and an excellent MP has been returned to Parliament. Congratulations Caroline! www.salmanshaheen.com

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Why the BNP do better than the Greens on Radio 4

Radio 4 keep blurting out interviews with various smaller party leaders – UKIP, the Greens, the BNP – I think just to keep people’s interest up in what is other wise a surreal but not particularly interesting special edition of Strictly Come Bullshitting. What struck me was the total difference in the way Caroline Lucas […]

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Why We Should Vote Green

Hagley Road to Ladywood has an excellent piece by Third Estate hotseat alumnus, Peter Tatchell, on why we should vote Green. Well worth a read. Labour has lost its heart and soul. It has become the party of war, privatisation and the erosion of hard-won civil liberties. The Lib Dems support free market capitalism, use […]

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Tamsin Omond to stand against Green Party’s Bea Campbell Labour’s Glenda Jackson in latest act of epic narcissism

“Not all companies get the urgency of climate change yet but their customers have more power than they think. Last week, I left the outer packaging of my shopping on the till at Tesco.” – Tamsin Omond demonstrating her commitment to environmentalism by leaving an underpaid cashier to clear up her mess. I winced yesterday […]

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