This post is by Kieran Anderson from Norwich, about why he’s voting Green in tomorrow’s local elections. After May 6th, we will be accepting submissions on this blog on all topics. If you have a topic you’d love to write about or if you’d like to be put on our bloggers list, drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why am I voting Green?
This is hard question for me to answer simply. For the past few years I have been very heavily involved with the Green Party, for many reasons. But I find myself wondering why I am still here. Is it simply that it would be terribly embarrassing at the moment to stop? Is the Green Party just a bad habit I’ve picked up and haven’t received the appropriate support to stop yet? Have I ended up a party political creature, and is it to be the Green Party right or wrong for ever? Well, maybe.
But looking at society, and how over the past thirty years successive governments have put a blind faith in the markets, that no matter what the problem is there is a universal cure of privatise and open to increased market forces, give people choice, this is the solution. There has been no consideration that this approach has increased inequality, driven people further into poverty and is leaving our society a more brutal, more wasteful, selfish and cruel place. It may be naive, but I do not want choice for the sake of choice. I want to know that when I need a hospital, or a train or get to go to university that its a good quality and reliable, the best our means allow, not to be told that any problems I encounter are my fault because I didn’t chose the right service.
The other parties are standing for a society where politicians are abdicating their responsibilities to the whim of free market profiteers, too busy stuffing their own pockets and ensuring that their own kids get the best schools and damning the rest of us.
So I’m voting Green for something different. The Greens are admitting that there is something fundamentally wrong about our society and wants to do something about it. Society cannot continue being as environmental destructive as it is for much longer, society should not continue to be as unequal and cruel as it is. There is an alternative, the Green Party thinks that we can take action to help improve society for everyone, so that’s why I’m voting Green.