The election is fast approaching and I find myself feeling trepidation over which party may take the lead in British politics, as I have yet to see anything that convinces me to put my trust in any of the parties.
As campaigns are stepped up there have been a large number of news stories surrounding everything from campaign posters to individuals standing for election just to make a point. For example Al Murray will be standing for election directly against Nigel Farage and will apparently be doing so in character.
Now, one of the stories to catch a lot of attention was David Cameron’s declaration that he would only take part in the TV debates if the Green Party are also allowed to put forward a candidate. This was probably said for a host of reason like garnering favour and trying to move the protest vote from UKIP back to the Green Party. However, whatever reasons are behind this move, I personally think it is a great idea. Often labelled as a protest vote party the Green Party membership has been constantly growing and has made them one of the top 5 biggest parties. Their positions in By-elections and local elections have shown them to be figuring in the list higher than the liberal democrats at some points; so why not give them the same open platform that is provided to the other parties.
When Labour emerged as a new party in the early 1900s they were subverting the traditional two party state that had existed. British politics has always followed a first past the post system in elections, this does not allow for much smaller parties to take a position of power, and in truth it is almost impossible for a newly growing party to win an election overall, as the support across the country will not be great enough. However, what it does do is allow for the smaller parties to still have members in the House of Commons, and in the case of hung Parliaments it allows a smaller party a chance to form a coalition with a bigger party and therefore get their voices heard.
With UKIP running and taking away a number of both Conservative and Labour supporters it would not surprise me to see a hung Parliament once again, and if that is the case I believe providing a party like the Greens an equal stance in debates will allow for them to be an option when forming a coalition. Especially since they seem to be supporting a lot of very reasonable policies and have actually clearly outlined their political stance on a number of issues rather than just concentrating on immigration, a topic which I feel has been overshadowing everything else for a bit too long.