The party welcomed the ITV Wales/YouGov poll which gave the Greens 10% in the South Wales Region.
Under the proportional voting system, that would be enough to elect a Green on the regional ballot…If a Green AM was elected in May, it would follow the election of their first national MP when Caroline Lucas won Brighton Pavilion in last May’s General Election.
Chalk this one up as a victory for the Greens, along with their performance in Britain, Colombia, and Australia this year, and how they are expected to do in Germany (and with the Greens poised to possibly win several state legislative seats here in America, they could do better in this election than ever before, as well). … Read more ...
Aida Edamariam at The Guardian has an interview with Caroline Lucas, who recently became the Green Party of England and Wales’ first member of parliament:
Whatever you think of the Greens, it would have been hard not to feel that one of the few truly inspiring moments in last week’s election came at about 6am on Friday 7 May, when, in a hall on the cold seafront, Green party leader Caroline Lucas was declared MP for Brighton Pavilion, with a 1,200 majority.
The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, whose party is enjoying a dramatic surge in support, has come under attack from the Green Party for promoting the Liberal Democrats as the environmental option in the election…
The spokesperson insisted that, “There is only one Green Party”.
Clegg said that the Liberal Democrat plan would create 30,000 jobs through the use of £3.1
Recently, the British Green Party released their new manifesto in anticipation of the May parliamentary elections. The Greens are said to have a greater chance of winning a seat in Parliament this year than ever before, especially in the Brighton seat where their leader Caroline Lucas is running, and they are running a record number of candidates. … Read more ...
The British newspaper The Independent is running a piece written by former US Congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney on Monday. Read the full thing here.
In his State of the Union address to the nation, President Obama defended war, erosion of civil and human rights, creation of the police state, ignoring the US Constitution and the norms of international law, by invoking the tragedy of 11 September, 2001.
While the Green Party of the United Kingdom has elected a member of the European Parliament, they have not yet elected a member of Parliament in their own country. However, this could change soon. The Independent reports:
A poll of voting intentions carried out by ICM Research shows that the Greens, who had their best-ever result in the constituency in 2005, hold an eight-point lead over their nearest rivals, the Conservatives, with the Greens on 35 per cent, the Tories on 27, Labour on 25 and the Liberal Democrats on 11 per cent…
Several developments boost the chance of Britain’s first Green MP.
On August 21 Teddy Goldsmith died at the age of 80. He was not a typical environmentalist, as the Guardian explains:
Over the years this belief cost him friends and allies as the green movement drifted gradually to the political left. His stubbornly conservative vision, and his commitment to “stability”, “tradition” and the teachings of ancient religions were at odds with the views of “progressive” green proponents of “multiculturalism” and “social justice”…
Goldsmith was a prominent figure on the radical wing of the international green movement and one of its most potent intellectual forces.