CAROLINE Lucas, the Greens’ new Supreme Overlord, wants to break the mould of British politics, which sounds strangely familiar somehow…
I’m assuming the following, lifted from the coverage on the BBC website, was a typographical error:
The big goal now is to get a seat at Westminster – “to break the cosy cartel of the Westminster parties”, as Ms Lucas put it.
Both the new leader, and her deputy Adrian Ramsay, have a reasonable chance of doing so at the next election.
It should, surely, have read: “Both the new leader, and her deputy Adrian Ramsay, believe they have a reasonable chance…”? Otherwise, the BBC have a job to do in identifying which seat is likely to fall to the Greens.
I know this probably makes me completely out of touch with the general political zeitgeist, but I do yearn for the good old days when the House of Commons was comprised almost entirely of Labour and Conservative MPs, with a smattering of Ulster Unionists and about six Liberals. Ah! Those were the days.
I see nothing undemocratic in a system which actually encourages the widest possible range of opinions within a particular party; one of the (many) problems with proportional representation is that it encourages parties to retreat into narrow ideological silos, dependent on forming coalitions after the votes are cast instead of forming wider, more transparent coalitions within the parties before election day.