Inequality and climate change are ravaging our society, and declining political engagement is crippling our ability to combat them. But the solutions to these three crucial issues are the key to the Greens success, offering real solutions at a time when the other parties have stuck their heads in the sand.
People and Westminster are increasingly distant, but it isn’t because people don’t care about politics- it’s because politics currently doesn’t care about them. Before we solve any of our other problems, we need to get right to the heart of what is rotten in our political system. People need a system they can trust, that they believe in, but above all one they can control. It is only by swapping out this rotten core can we begin to bring vibrancy and life back to all our other political endeavours. Voters are the lifeblood of a democracy; and Westminster is now on life support.
The whole way the Green Party is set up is geared towards democracy, something that our society is supposed to embody. Every single policy and person in a position of authority is elected, with every single member having a vote. Policy can be proposed by any member, and is debated about and voted upon at conference, with every member’s vote counting as equal.
This is perhaps the fundamental point of the Greens – even if you disagree with a policy, unlike in other parties you actually have a chance of changing them.
The importance of this cannot be overstated. It fits in beautifully with policies geared towards localising democracy and making officials more accountable to the electorate. There is also a very strong mentality within the Greens of representation - of ensuring usually marginalised groups are empowered and able to enter into political discourse. One need only look at their fights for LGBT and disabled rights, as well as student activism, to see how committed they are to giving forgotten groups within politics a strong voice. These ideals are the new core our system needs.
And of course, once people have this power, once the blood is pumping through our democracy again, then people actually need alternatives to choose from. This is where the progressive, alternate policies of the Greens shine through, truly offering the only real departure from a broken system on the political landscape. UKIP’s same-old Thatcherism, hidden beneath a thin veneer of patriotism and ale, is simply not enough - only the Greens have truly grasped the scale of our problems and provided the solutions.
If it is the accessibility and integrity of the party that interests people, it is their holistic set of policies that makes them stay. Austerity - making the poor pay for the mistakes of the rich- isn’t working and isn’t fair. The Greens calls for greater regulation of the financial sector, fights for a wealth and Robin Hood Tax, and protection of public services not only tackle the systemic problems at the heart of the collapse, but also provide the basis on which to build a fairer and more stable society.
It’s true that many still wrongly view the Greens as some kind of ‘one-issue’ party. So let’s be very clear about what a vote for the Greens is really a vote for. It is a vote for responsibility- accepting that climate change is a very real, very imminent danger and that we have to act now to curb its impact. It is a vote for bridging the yawning chasm that is still growing between rich and poor, creating a more just and vibrant economy in the process.
But above all, it is a vote for a more accessible and democratic style of government, that puts power where it belongs- in the hands of the people.
This is how the Greens have secretly been winning over hearts and minds to become neck and neck with the Lib Dems, but with these catastrophes looming ever closer, then the green surge is about to get loud. The secret is out now- the Greens are on the rise - and a progressive and fairer alternative is finally looking possible.