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Vote Green in 2015 | Wildlife Matters

Vote Green in 2015

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Well the 2015 General Election Campaign officially starts today for what is being called the most unpredictable general election of this generation. Yes the time has come once again, when we all get bombarded with political ‘nonsense’ as parties campaign desperately to win our votes. Many of you will have decided whether to vote Conservative or Labour on 7th May. But what about the Greens?

At first glance, it may appear that we have a two-party system composed of the Conservatives and Labour. If you think that realistically, these are the only two viable options to form the next government… well you’d be right. However, this is not the United States! Here, it is in fact possible for smaller parties to have great influence in Parliament and even to replace the two main parties. Although the latter is unlikely to happen anytime soon and will require hard work as well as a huge surge in votes from the public. The Green Party currently has only one Member of Parliament who can bring fourth the environmental spin in debates, introduce Private Members Bills and vote on laws to become legislation. Of course, more MPs means greater influence in Parliament!

We all know the Green Party have numerous policies regarding environmental protection and unfortunately many believe these are their only policies. This however, couldn’t be further from the truth as they have a raft of policies across all issues from healthcare to defence and education. Therefore, I have outlined below where the Green Party stands on some of the key issues which will dominate the upcoming general election.

  • Publicly-funded NHS free at the point of use.
  • Scrap university tuition fees.
  • Scrap all the UK’s nuclear weapons.
  • Encourage EU reform AND hold a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.
  • Close taxation loopholes and crack down on tax avoidance.
  • Introduce a wealth tax of 1-2% on people worth £3m or more.
  • Renationalise the rail system.
  • Increase the minimum wage to £10 per hour by 2020.
  • Decriminalise cannabis and treat drug addiction as a health problem.
  • Ban fracking.

These are only a handful of the policies that the Green Party have formulated. Use the following link to find out where the Greens stand on more issues: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2015/manifesto-guide

The party has also recently experienced what is being called the ‘Green Surge’. Over the last year, membership has risen to over 46,000 making it the third largest party. If the surge continues at this pace, it could be that membership surpasses that of the Labour party by the time of the general election. As a result of this surge, it has made possible for the party to put forward candidates in over 90% of constituencies for the first time ever, thus allowing for more Green MPs to be elected in the upcoming election. There couldn’t be a better time to join the Green Party, why not become part of the surge?

Finally, my advice to you the voters would be to avoid tactical voting – i.e. voting Labour just to avoid a Conservative government or vice versa. Vote for the party that offers policies that you agree most with even if it is one of the smaller parties because they are playing an ever increasing role in the legislative process. It is also looking increasingly likely that the next government will have to be a coalition. Which combination? Who knows… perhaps the Greens can be a part of it!

– Jessen

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