Posts under ‘Greens’

The by-election results and what they tell us

by Peter Rowlands.

In a previous article I looked at the polls during Corbyn’s period as leader, noting the deterioration in the period post the referendum/coup compared to that preceding it. I also noted that actual election results up to and including May 2016 were not bad, and for the parliamentary by-elections and mayoral elections were very good. […]

Should Labour enter into electoral pacts?

by Mike Phipps.

Zac Goldsmith’s decision to resign as a Tory MP and contest his Richmond Park seat in a by-election as an independent, in protest at the government’s decision to build a third Heathrow runway, has raised the thorny issue of electoral pacts. With the Conservatives and UKIP choosing not to contest the seat, Labour came under […]

Hard on the ‘Progressive Alliance’, hard on the causes of the ‘Progressive Alliance’

by Ewan Gibbs and Laura Dover.

In recent months the question of whether Labour ought to consider a “progressive alliance” with other anti-Tory parties has become a major talking point on the left. Clive Lewis, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has come out in favour of the position as has influential pro-Corbyn journalist Paul Mason. The […]

In defence of Jim Jepps against press smears

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Thatcher once noted that when opponents resort to personal attacks, it signals their inability to argue the politics. What then to make of the concerted attack on my friend and comrade Jim Jepps by the Fawkes rabble, The Mail, and the Daily Mirror. Jim is very much away from the limelight, quietly plugging away at his own activist projects and […]

General election 2015: Green candidates – the definitive list

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

If you thought the far left candidate list was big, wait until you see this. As far as I know, below in the most complete list of Green Party candidates for the forthcoming general election you will find anywhere. It is provisional, subject to last minute selections and withdrawals and will be revised when new […]

A response to “I didn’t leave the Labour Party, the Labour Party left me”

by Ben Sellers.

I write this, not as a response to Jack Monroe, who announced that she’d left the Labour Party to join the Greens this week, but as a response to the many hundreds of good, socialists activists who have left the Labour Party over the years. It’s not meant as a rebuke, but merely to ask some […]

Will Natalie Bennett’s trainwreck derail the Greens?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Doing okay in the polls … has some popular, left wing policies … yet there are questions surrounding the leader’s competence. We’ve heard the story many times before, but on this occasion it’s the Green Party and Natalie Bennett under the spotlight. In late January there was the Andrew Neil interview where she had certain […]

Former chair of Labour executive defects to UKIP after deselection as councillor

by Jon Lansman.

Harriet Yeo who was Chair of the Labour Party from 2012 to 2013 has resigned from the party having been removed as leader of the small Labour group on Ashford council last week for non-attendance at council meetings and a failure to undertake council casework, and, on Monday night, deselected as a candidate for the 2015 local elections. […]

It’s reds under the beds time (for the Greens)

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

It’s reds under the beds time! Or rather in the newly insurgent Green Party. According to today’s Mirror, “hard left activists” have flocked to the Greens. Natalie Bennett has been forced to deny that significant numbers of former Socialist Workers Party members have been signing up, though the paper notes “her own partner is an […]

The Green surge: explaining it and countering it

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

This week, with 5000 new members, it is reported that the Green parties of Britain (the Scottish Green Party is wholly independent of that in England and Wales) overtook both UKIP and the Liberal Democrats in membership. In many ways, the surge in Green Party membership is more significant and remarkable than the rise of […]

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