I got interested in politics three years ago, when I was 21. I grew up feeling the same way I imagine a lot of the UK feels when it comes to politics. You vote in one party, then the other party criticises them constantly, nothing gets done, and occasionally they switch sides. It’s totally possible that I could have held that opinion for my whole life. I unintentionally ended up learning more about how UK politics works, and decided that was how I wanted to make the world a better place.
A lot of people think that success for the Greens is when we have a majority Green government. I disagree. It's not the future we’ll get, and it shouldn’t be the future we want. What will happen is, as we get more people elected, other parties will end up backing proportional representation, either because they want to, or because they have to. When that happens we will see many more Green MPs in parliament. That not only allows us to have a greater impact on policy, but even more importantly, it makes the UK more democratic.
From then, we shouldn’t expect a majority and we shouldn’t want a majority. A majority government doesn’t have to listen, and doesn’t have to work with others to make change - that’s dangerous, even if it’s Green. At that point, we’ll be working with other parties to deliver a society that works for everyone. Green success is when there is social and environmental justice in society, when our current ideas for society are put into place, and when the reasoning we use to create policies, is the reasoning that everyone uses to create policies.
That’s what the Greens have that no other party has:
Policy designed to make society work for everyone.
Policy that recognises that we need to live sustainably.
Policy that wants everyone to have a fulfilling life.
The problem we have currently is that, nationally, we’re not electable. That’s because we’ve done what everyone else in politics has done. We’ve made politics something for politicians. We’ve made politics something exclusive, something that only some can be involved in. That has to change.
We can see the problem reflected in the lack of diversity in our membership. If we want to create a society that works for everyone, we need voices from all communities to be heard. A diverse movement will mean we can appeal to a wider audience, but more importantly, it means that our policies and our work in local communities will be better at delivering a system that everyone can thrive in.