Overall the Green Party got something like 500.000 votes at the general election just gone & yet only retained one parliamentary seat that of Brighton Pavilion, whereas the Democratic Unionist Party got less then 300,000 votes & yet have won 10 parliamentary seats, back at the 2015 General Election UKIP felt aggrieved because they got something in the region of 4million votes & won one parliamentary whereas the SNP got about a 1million & yet won 56 parliamentary seats, yeah there’s something seriously fucked up with our electoral system.
UKIP might of felt aggrieved back at the 2015 General Election for having gotten 4 times the number of votes as the SNP & only having won a single parliamentary seat because we don’t have proportional representation for parliamentary elections, but the irony is the likelihood is that majority of UKIP members probably voted against electoral reform when there was a referendum on introducing the Alternative Vote for parliamentary elections back in 2011.
I’ve long campaigned for the introduction of proportional representation as it would give far more of a representative voice in our national parliament & peeps won’t feel less despondent about democracy as they do now, but there’s fat chance of any real debate on the introduction of proportional representation post GE2017 as the results from GE2017 are illustrating the re-emergence of the two party duopoly at Westminster far more than its been in nearly half a century.
The Green Party have had a raw deal from our fucked up electoral system, but not just from our electoral system, I mean during the general election campaign we all knew UKIP were on course for an electoral collapse, yet Paul Nuttall wasn’t off our television screens & yet Caroline Lucas hardly made an appearance in comparison, now Paul Nuttall has failed yet again to win a parliamentary seat & has resigned as UKIP leader whereas Caroline Lucas has re-elected as MP for Brighton Pavilion & remains co-leader of the Greens & I hope she long remains so because she’s frigging awesome!
If I were a member of the Green Party I’d probably feel rightfully aggrieved by what’s happened surrounding the general election just gone, but of course Greens were always going to be a far trickier position with Jeremy Corbyn at the helm of the Labour Party & stealing many of their clothes so to speak, obviously as a Labour member I welcome him doing so, but I still want the Greens to have a voice & a strong voice at that because the Greens are now the torchbearers for left-libertarian radicalism as the Liberal Democrats are failing miserably at being so & there’s still way too much opposition within Labour to truly adopt left-libertarian radicalism.
How much I love Caroline Lucas & how much I might love the Green Party’s policy platform, I’ve wondered ever since Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader if the Green Party weren’t best in concentrating on being a pressure group to ensure Labour keeps left & more radical, yes Jeremy Corbyn has taken Labour in a direction which many Greens will applaud & of course many Green Party candidates did step aside to give a better chance of winning seats last Thursday which wouldn’t have happened previously with the likes of Ed Miliband as Labour leader, but Jeremy Corbyn won’t be Labour leader forever (though I hope he’ll be for a long time to come & will make it to being PM) & Labour is still plagued with Blairites wanting to cause trouble, so the Greens turning up the heat on Labour keeping left is very much a constructive idea me thinks & particularly bearing in mind we have very much seen the re-emergence of the two party duopoly winning parliamentary elections is going to be far harder for them.