Certainly not moribund

June 5, 2010 at 11:49 pm Leave a comment

The title has been supplied by none other than Sir Bernard Ingham, who is at it again in the Hebden Bridge Times. He’s devoted the whole of his monthly column to – well, to me really. His theme is the poor Green vote in the general election and he does of course smirk a little, in writing, while being vaguely generous about me personally. I’ve written a brief response for the paper, but since Sir Bernard thinks it’s an issue, let’s examine it more closely.

 At 8.30 a.m. on 7th May I came home from the count, to discover that our 1.66% share of the Calder Valley vote was actually a good average for the Green Party. There was the fantastic news that Caroline Lucas had won in Brighton, but our other two target seats were horribly disappointing: Adrian Ramsey came 4th in Norwich and Darren Johnson saw his vote drop to a mere 6% in Lewisham. People worked incredibly hard and well in both places, and these results are just pants. We can never know for certain, but Caroline’s high profile in the national media probably helped her to weather the ‘main party’ storm.

 We’re a small party with no megabucks donors, and Cleggmania (ha!) squeezed us even further off the news agenda than usual. Then in the last week the Tories threatened to scrape an overall majority, so our stupid voting system made people think that they had to vote tactically. In the short term these were all factors beyond the control of the Greens, so we collectively shrugged, celebrated our victory in Brighton and began discussing our next moves. Upwards and onwards, or so we all hope.

 I’ll link Sir Bernard’s smirk and my dignified response as soon as they appear online. It was impossible to keep up with all the published stuff during the election campaign – in an ideal world I should take time and do all the links now. But then again…..

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Who I am

This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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