Draft:Green Party of England and Wales
The Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW; Plaid Werdd Cymru a Lloegr) is a left wing/centre left political party in England and Wales. The party has a grand total of 1 seat in the United Kingdom, which may explain why they are willing to team up with UKIP and the Liberal Democrats on proportional representation.
It has often been viewed as a "single issue" environmentalist party, which is somewhat dismissive and unfair. Previously tainted with the image of being do-good hippies or David Icke fanpersons (he used to work for the party before his Divine Revelation), in recent years people have been taking them more seriously.
The Party supports "immediate and unconditional nuclear disarmament," and has teamed up with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Plaid Cymru, and the Scottish National Party against the Trident programme of nuclear weapons. It wants to see the UK's Army turned into a home defence force, and has pledged to take the UK out of NATO unilaterally.
The Green Party has an official "Drugs Group", for drugs policy and research, and the party has also considered decriminalising the recreational use of marijuana, considering the drugs issue a health, rather than a criminal issue. This has contributed to the stereotype of them being a bunch of white, middle-class, hippie potheads in the eyes of the UK public. Natalie Bennett has admitted that "as a student, I tried smoking marijuana a couple of times", but does not elaborate as to whether she was successful in doing so.
The party is extremely in favour of same-sex marriage, to the point of expelling members who do not agree with the party line on this issue. In the party's LGBTIQ manifesto for the 2015 elections, the party has called for all teachers to be trained on LGBTIQ issues to end the "spousal veto" and to "make equal marriage truly equal". Former Greens leader Natalie Bennett also voiced support for polygamy and polyamorous relationships.
The party supported a referendum on the United Kingdom's membership within the European Union – which is quite ironic, given the attitude of most Brexiteers to the party. They viewed it as "a vital opportunity to create a more democratic and accountable Europe, with a clearer purpose for the future." The party favoured a "three yeses" approach to Europe: "yes to a referendum, yes to major EU reform and yes to staying in a reformed Europe", although their "reforms" are significantly different to the "reforms" David Cameron is trying to push now.
The Green Party officially states that they believe there is "no place in government for the hereditary principle". Natalie Bennett, as leader of the party, said she supported an abolition of the monarchy as the head of state, and fully supported British republicanism, and has suggested the Queen be placed into a council house]] if the Green Party were in power, although this was admittedly probably just a sarky comment by Natalie Bennett that backfired badly,
Despite the Green Party's good intentions regarding the environment, they have some stances that some may say hinder research and development in some areas of biology. For example, the Green Party press officer Scott Redding claimed that "animal testing may be more harmful than helpful." In regards to GM crops, Redding claimed that "we draw a distinction between the application of a technology, which we believe has been proven to be socially destructive" and went on to say "we do not accept the self-serving claims of multinationals that GM crops can solve world hunger, the fuel crisis and any myriad of global problems," as it is infinitely more important to remain ideologically pure than to save lives with golden rice.
The party also states that it would phase out fossil fuel-based power generation, close all coal-fired power stations by 2023, and phase out nuclear power within ten years. Although the Greens' energy policy means that Britain's energy supply will be more sustainable, the closure of nuclear power stations is seen by some as a bad policy, as moving away from fossil fuels will be expensive enough as it is.
- the Green Party of England and Wales, the Scottish Green Party, the Green Party of Northern Ireland, and the semi-autonomous Green Party of Wales
- [insert Nigel Farage-esque conspiracy theory here.]
- There have been other "Green" organisations, such as the Alliance for Green Socialism, Independent Green Voice (Scotland), and the Raving Loony Green Giant Party, formed after an ideological schism with the Monster Raving Loony Party.. (Okay, so the "Raving Loony Green Giant Party" is not technically an ecological organisation...)
- The Independent - Election 2015: Green Party want to give disgruntled left-wing voters a new voice Author - Morris, Nigel. The Independent [online]. Date retrieved 5 March 2015. Date published 3 September 2014.
- "How the Green Party says it would run the country". The Independent. January 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015. "The Green Party is preparing to field 500 candidates in next May's general election as it aims to capitalise on the Lib Dems' unpopularity and become Labour's main challengers on the centre-left"
- The party has a history of support for communitarian economic policies, including well-funded, locally controlled public services within the confines of a steady state economy, and supports proportional representation. It also takes a progressive approach to social policies such as civil liberties, animal rights, LGBTIQ rights, and drug policy reform. The party also believes strongly in nonviolence, basic income, a living wage for all, and democratic participation.
"Green Party - Statement of Core Values - Europe". The Green Party. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
"The Green Party calls for a £10 minimum wage for all". The Green Party of England and Wales. Archived from the original on 20 March 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2015. "Minimum wage should be raised to Living Wage levels immediately"
"Statement of Core Values". The Green Party. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
- "Peace & Defence". The Green Party of England and Wales. January 1990. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
- Burns, Malcolm (19 January 2015). "SNP, Plaid Cymru And Green Party Team Up On Trident Nuclear Weapons". Morning Star. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
- "Total madness? Green Party to cut British Army, replace with 'home defense force'". RT. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
- "Peace & Defence". "We would take the UK out of NATO unilaterally."
- Barnett, Ian (31 March 2015). "Decriminalisation of cannabis not the same as legalisation". Burnley Express. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- "GPDG: news, research and ecstasy testing kits". Green Party Drugs Group. Archived from the original on 14 March 2004. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
- "Green Party leader Natalie Bennett: Drugs misuse a 'health issue' not a 'criminal one'". ITV News. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- Leader of Green Party Smoked Dope, YouTube.
- Bingham, John (27 July 2012). "Green council accused of 'vilifying' Christian over gay marriage stance". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- "EQUALITY FOR ALL". Green Party of England and Wales. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
- Such as "provid[ing] mandatory HIV, sex, and relationships education – age-appropriate and LGBTIQ-inclusive – in all schools from primary level onwards". Although when Labour issued a similar statement, the Daily Mail decided to turn the issue into a moral panic. See here for the Huffington Post's coverage of it.
- "As originally drafted, this provided that the consent of the spouse was needed before a GRC could be issued to any married transgender person. Following objections, this has been amended so that their consent is now required for the marriage to continue if a GRC is issued, but this is little better as the ultimate effect is the same, placing the power to obtain a GRC not in the hands of the person seeking it, but their spouse."
- Duffy, Nick (1 May 2015). "Green Party wants every teacher to be trained to teach LGBTIQ issues". Pink News. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
- Freeman, Melissa. "Yes to an EU Referendum: Green MP calls for chance to build a better Europe". The Green Party of England and Wales. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- Bennett, Natalie (23 January 2013). "Natalie Bennett unveils our "Three Yeses" to Europe". The Green Party of England and Wales. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- "How does British politics operate?". Green Party of England and Wales. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- Riley-Smith, Ben. "Green leader Natalie Bennett suggests the monarchy should be abolished". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- Bartlett, Evan (January 2015). "The Green Party says it wants to put the Queen in a council house". The Independent. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- "Give The Queen A Council House, Say Greens". 24 January 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- The Green Party answering questions regarding its science policy in The Guardian
- Plus, you have the asinine question from UKIP: "What happens when renewable energy runs out?". Not joking.