On the 29th October 2019, MPs voted in support of a December general election only two and a half years after the previous election of June 2017. Like the elections of the past, the two powerhouses of Conservative and Labour are once again on the tips of the tongues of the general public. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are going head to head in pursuit of stabilising what some MPs are reiterating “The current crisis at hand in the UK” and it is going to be a controversial, unpredictable and unprecedented election to remember. A big card in the instigation of this election was of course Brexit, with Conservative expected to deliver a deal agreed with the EU while Labour are pledging to hold another referendum, bearing in mind that goes against a democracy, it is fair to say the UK is very much divided.
However, If you’re bored with business as usual, maybe it’s time for a new, modern and benevolent democratic organisation? With the potential to unleash a green economic and social revolution and backed by English singer and song writer Liam Gallagher, Green Party could very well be the solution we all need. For many years Green Party did not have a leader, but with the soar in interests of a better climate, they now have two in the form of Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley.
The Greens are a left wing eco-socialist party who began life in the mid- 1970s as the Ecology Party which had its main objective to solely protect the environment. However, it didn’t have a representative in the Commons until 2010 when Ms Lucas won the seat of Brighton Pavilion. The Green Party, who are gaining a positive reputation as they had its most successful European election earlier this year, grew its MEPs from three to seven and the party is planning to enter candidates in 369 out of the 650 constituencies. A few milestones reached in the last decade for The Greens.
They hold pledges to invest £100bn a year for a decade to tackle climate change and create more than a million new jobs through green investment. Two very bold proposals. It is a common argument that The Greens are a one horse race and are only interested in climate issues at hand but this couldn’t be further from the truth. They have proposed to scrap university tuition fees and write off existing student debt which provides a massive incentive for students to vote for them. Of course, with the great matter everyone is concerned about, The Greens provide good news for the Remainers. They are committed to another referendum and will campaign to remain in that vote.
On the down side, regardless of how fresh and modern this party seems along with its relevant pledges in terms of the climate crisis and other issues, it is extremely unrealistic that The Green Party will win on the 12th of December. You may be asking yourself if it is worth voting for The Greens as they aren’t a threat to Conservative or Labour and that vote could be seen as wasteful. Indeed, it could very well be a waste of a vote when Conservative currently hold 298 seats, Labour 243 seats and only the one representative in the house of commons for The Green Party. However, you could argue that neither Labour or Conservative are going to have enough seats for a majority and the small parties are going to be even more important than ever in the upcoming election.
To believe that voting for The Greens is a waste of a vote is naive, yes they are completely out favoured at this present moment, but change takes time. If you are swayed by The Greens at all and you happen to be finding yourself falling out of love with Conservative or Labour (whatever you may be) then a vote for The Green Party could very well be the next best thing.
Similar to Labour, The Greens are predominantly for the working class and hold a few near identical pledges as them. They are both against Brexit and are for another referendum aswell as both parties looking to adjust the minimum working wage for the better. Again, Labour and The Green party are extremely student friendly looking to completely cut student costs and wipe out remaining debts from graduates. In terms of the environment concerning labour, Jeremy Corbyn has reiterated a £250bn investment to instigate a green industrial revolution, quite an astonishing and expensive pledge to say the least.
Unfortunately for both, the manifesto’s of the two seem very farfetched. In my opinion we simply do not have enough sufficient funds to make these pledges plausible and speaking on behalf of the people who would agree, I do not believe that the majority of the public would be happy to increase taxes in order to pay for these promises. A £250bn investment from Labour or a £100bn a year investment from The greens (In the unlikelihood they are elected) are ginormous amounts of money and I think that we would have skipped some vital steps that need to be addressed before climate action. Steps such as tackling homelessness and poverty, actively pushing for salary equality in men and women or new and improved hospitals (A pledge from the Conservative party).
To finalize, if you’re dreaming of a government that merges aspects of socialism with green politics and ecology then it would not be deemed a wasteful vote, but you may have to wait a decade to see some substantial changes in pursuit of a green(er) government. If you’re happy with what your party is currently doing for your own well-being and believe a greener government will come either way, then voting for The Green Party could be the wrong choice. If you simply aren’t interested in the nature of politics, it will still impact your life either way and If you feel like you don’t belong in either Conservative or Labour (or the rest), it wouldn’t be the worst idea to vote for The Greens.
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