Norwich Leadership Hustings

Thanks to Sheffield Green Party for uploading this recording of the Norwich hustings. At one hour and forty two minutes long it is tighter than the Dark Knight Rises even if the production values are slightly more modest.


Voting is go!

Ballot papers began arriving on doormats today. You’ll find them in your copy of Green World, please don’t throw it out thinking it’s an insert appeal for donkey sanctuaries.

The post being the post don’t complain about not getting yours unless it hasn’t arrived in a week, but it’s clear many people got them this morning.

You can v0te for Leader, Deputy Leader, a host of uncontested executive posts (sigh) and one or two that are contested. So get voting people!

Video: Manchester hustings for leader and deputy

Friday’s hustings in Manchester included both the leader and deputy candidates and we’re very grateful for the fact that they were recorded and put on line so quickly.

Deputy hustings part one, part two, part three, part four, part five.


Leader hustings;

Part one:

Part two:

Part three:

Part four:

We speak to the four candidates for Green Party leader

Our long awaited online hustings (you were aware you were waiting for this weren’t you?) is now ready for your delectation.

In a rare example of Greens supporting outsourcing we had a neutral person draw up the questions and submit them to the candidates under strict instructions not to show this blog’s admins so all the candidates were on a level playing field. Thanks to Elisabeth Whitebread for that, your eco-medal is in the post!

All the candidates were given the same questions but no word limit or other instructions (apart from a deadline for today’s publication) and appear as they were given to us, leaving aside standardised formatting.

You can read what the candidates have to say about Cuba, Plaid Cymru’s leader Leanne Wood, the spokesperson system and the value of unpaid work at the following links;


London Hustings

Recorded in five sizzling chapters the London hustings is now online for your perusal. There is one last set of questions that the ERO has asked me not to put up because the “tape” ran out before one candidate had the chance to answer and he felt it would be unfair on that candidate to put it up. Quite right, although it’s a shame to miss out Patrick Harvie’s question on Scottish independence. Never mind!

Opening statements;

First set of questions;

Second set of questions;

Third set of questions;

Final part (which, at the time of posting is still uploading, but if you watch all the others first it will have finished by the tie you get to it);

Oxford Hustings – Video Online

And now the video footage of the Oxford Leadership Hustings is online…enjoy!

Whatever happened to Ron?

Of course, if you don’t like any of the candidates standing for election there is always RON. The infamous Re-Open Nominations who gives Green Party members the power to reject all before them like some ancient despot hurling their below par slaves into a pit of wolves.

Sadly, due to heavy handed EU regulations and stultifying political correctness the Party no longer keeps wolves for this purpose, but an archaic relic remains from those happy days – the box for RON.

One of the difficulties with RON is that he almost never wins – and in single seat elections like GPEx absolutely never.

There’s a couple of reasons for this. First most people assume that someone who isn’t very good at the job is usually better than having no one in the post. Second, for RON to win you’d actually have to have a campaign  for people to vote that way, and as far as I’m aware, there has never been a serious public campaign for a candidate(s) to be thrown out.

That genuinely makes me a little sad, but a little relieved too.

The Party, which has plenty of people who are genuinely capable of being unpleasant to each other, hates negative campaigning, never rewards it and even being snarky about a rival candidate is likely to lose you votes. In my view this makes the party a little over sensitive but I’d rather that than candidates who damage or undermine their party colleagues in their eagerness to rise to the top.

I’ve certainly cast my vote for RON a few times, but I try to use it sparingly as most people I don’t agree with have a point of view – even if it’s wrong – and have the right to prove me wrong  if elected. I only take RON out of the box for people who simply should not have stood and would be out performed by a piece of rotting wood.

If asked in private I’d be happy to give my view of candidates to one post or another but I think, in public, I don’t want to see a culture develop of making elections bruising bear pits where colleagues fall out and working relationships are burned to the ground. We are all members of the same party after all and if internal elections end up damaging our credibility or losing us activists then we’re doing them wrong.

Deputy leader hustings in London – this Monday.

While the leader candidates will be scooting around Oxford, Manchester and Norwich this weekend the deputy candidates are also in the spot light on Monday courtesy of the Young Greens;

The London Deputy Leadership hustings will be taking place next Monday, 30th July.

The hustings will be hosted by the London Young Greens, but it is of course an event open to all members – so come along and quiz the candidates, and please pass this on to your other Green Party contacts and local parties!

When: Monday, 30th July

Where: Bacchus Pub and Kitchen, 177 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6PJ. About 10 minutes from Old Street Station.

Time: 7.30-9.00pm

Video: Leadership Hustings (AGC / Brighton)

We have our first video of the leadership hustings which was taken at AGC conference (Association of Green Councillors) in Brighton. It is in six thrilling installments – enjoy!

Part one:

Part two:

Part three:

Part four:

Part five:

Part six:

Thanks very much to Simon Grover who recorded and uploaded this – a mammoth task. London to come this weekend.

Update on hustings coming up

There are still opportunities to watch the Green Party leadership hopefuls in action – live! – at the following hustings events.

Birmingham, Saturday, July 21: Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road Moseley, B13 8JP, 3pm

Oxford, Thursday 26th July: Friends Meeting House,  43 St Giles, OX1 3LW, 6pm

Manchester, Friday 27th July: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS 6.30 pm

Norwich, Saturday 28th July: Belvedere Centre, NR2 3AZ, 5pm

Little Green Gathering, Sunday 12th August: Event details, you don’t need to buy a ticket to the event to attend the hustings.

Rumours of a Colchester event on Sunday the 29th are knocking about and, who knows, there may even be a skype/live streamed hustings – if this is not utter techno-madness. We’ll keep you updated where we can.

If you have any others to add to the list just let us know and we’ll advertise them.