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  1. Vote Green if you live in the Brighton Pavilion area, otherwise vote Lib Dem

  2. Vote Green if you have half a brain and want to waste your vote, vote Tory if you have no brain at all.

  3. I think with these type of policies, then the Greens have a good change of taking the Brighton seat.

    Good for them.

    Although isn’t it shocking that Britain’s primitive electoral system means that Britain is the only European country where a Green candidate has never reached the national parliament?

  4. SimonM: Well that is down to electoral reform, and neither Labour or the Tories want to change it because they would lose their two-horse monopoly. We need proportional representation!

  5. Stuart Neyton 15 Apr 2010, 4:20pm

    The Greens have always has the best policies, and will certainly be getting my vote.

    “Vote Green if you have half a brain and want to waste your vote”

    Here in Nottingham my vote is “wasted” if I go for anyone other than Labour.

    Page 3 of the Green Party manifesto: “…the only wasted vote is a vote you don’t believe in.” Says it all.

  6. Patrick James 15 Apr 2010, 4:26pm

    The Green manifesto is first class on pink issues.

    However the apparently very pure and good often become sullied if they are in actual governance.

    The Green party in Ireland, for example, helped to introduce the Blasphemy law.

    The Irish Blasphemy law is the kind of thing Iain Duncan-Smith dreams of for the UK.

    And in Ireland the Green party supported it.

    This is why, personally, I would find it very difficult to vote Green in the UK.

  7. Interesting how EVERY party is running on a platform of “fairness and equality for ALL”, yet only ONE has a manifesto that either doesn’t address how they plan to tackle the multitude of unfairness and inequality issues facing gays or they put big asterisks beside the words fairness*, equality* and especially ALL**.

    * except for the exemptions for hate speech against gays and the exemption of faith schools from homophobic discrimination protections, and except for abused gay asylum seekers, and except………

    ** except for full civil marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, except for full civil union equality for straight couples, except for full pension access at equality for 60 year old men, except for insurance equality for gay men and gay civil partners (who are excepted from marriage), and except for……

    ** except for gay men and lesbians, but particularly for gay men, because they’re especially scary and icky.

    Only ONE party has the moral fortitude to take positions for REAL equality and fairness and only ONE party has the courage to spell out their positions in their manifesto.

    Sounds like, when you get right down to it, England has the same sh*tty two party system that America does. Just like in America, the only two parties really viable to form a government are spineless and unwilling to step up to the plate for the full and equal civil and social inclusion of GLBT citizens.

  8. Stuart Neyton 15 Apr 2010, 4:34pm

    “This is why, personally, I would find it very difficult to vote Green in the UK.”

    Power corrupts. The Irish Greens lept at the chance to be in government and have lost all credibility because of it. I think you should judge the record of Green politicians in Britain, the MEPs, MSPs, AMs and councillors all have excellent records and stuck to principal, rather than the bad record of a foreign party sharing its name.

  9. Sounds much better than any of the others and Rob-N is right – we need proportional representation.
    I hope Dr Lucas is elected. She has a good record of supporting human rights and animal welfare issues. Brighton and the house of commons would be fortunate to have her.

  10. Christine Rourke 15 Apr 2010, 6:48pm

    I’ll get me horse….

    chrissie
    xxxx

  11. Think Pink News should do another poll! This party look fantastic! Was going to Vote Lib Dem as always, but going to go research the Green Party in more details…

  12. She wants to put 8% on fuel duty!

    I would be bankrupt just on her rises from a Green government!

  13. Sounds good! Well done, Green Party. I would love to vote for you!

    However, I need to vote tactically. Voting for the Greens in my area would be to waste my vote and help the nasty Tories get in!

    I need to vote tactically and in my area that means voting for the only party in this area that has a hope of beating the Tories. In this area that party is the Lib Dems. If it was the Greens I would certainly vote for them.

    People, DON’T VOTE GREEN if the Greens in your particular area only have a cat in hell’s chance of winning.

    Vote for whichever party is most likely to ensure that the Tories do not win in YOUR area!

  14. Patrick James 15 Apr 2010, 7:22pm

    Stuart Neyton writes:

    Power corrupts. The Irish Greens lept at the chance to be in government and have lost all credibility because of it. I think you should judge the record of Green politicians in Britain, the MEPs, MSPs, AMs and councillors all have excellent records and stuck to principal, rather than the bad record of a foreign party sharing its name.

    I think this is fair comment. The Irish Green party is a stark example of how a small party can present itself as progressive on one hand, then reveal itself to be happy to support extraordinarily right wing policies on the other.

    However I am a keen supporter of introducing a system of proportional representation in the UK because it helps us to see more clearly what parties are like when they are in government.

    At present the FPTP system means that smaller parties are forever outside of parliament, for the UK and as a consequence they will develop wonderful sounding policies, but those policies never become tested, we never see how important they really are to those parties, whether they will abandon them in pursuit of some other objective for example.

    In the forthcoming general election a hung parliament is very likely. The Lib Dems have been championing themselves with all kinds of excellent policies for LGBT issues, but if the Conservative party achieves the largest number of votes/seats within the hung parliament then indications are very strong that the Lib Dems will be supporting the Conservative party in power. I suspect that the Lib Dems will forfeit their LGBT policies and so we can see that the action of voting Lib Dems could very well work against the interests of LGBT rights/issues in the UK.

    This is one of the reasons I am a Labour supporter. Labour have the best track record for delivery of pro LGBT policies of any party.

    Delivery is much more important than promises.

  15. Patrick James 15 Apr 2010, 7:31pm

    Eddy writes:

    I need to vote tactically and in my area that means voting for the only party in this area that has a hope of beating the Tories. In this area that party is the Lib Dems. If it was the Greens I would certainly vote for them.

    I agree with Eddy. With respect to LGBT issues at the general election the most important thing is to prevent the Conservative party taking power.

    If I lived in a constituency where the Lib Dems presented the greatest obstacle to the Conservative party gaining power then I would vote for them.

    As it happens I live in a marginal constituency (Hove and Portslade) in which Labour is the largest party and voting Labour is the best way to prevent Conservative victory.

    Any vote for the Greens in my constituency will simply increase the chances of Conservative victory.

    In fact voting for the Greens in any of the three constituencies that make up Brighton & Hove will increase the chances of a Conservative victory.

    Please do not vote Green if it improves the chances of a Conservative victory.

  16. Green and Pink always did go well together…..

  17. For those of you too ignorant to know about Irish politics and yet still pass judgement here I am. A blasphemy law already existed in Ireland. It allowed for a prison sentence of seven years and applied only to Christianity. The current Irish Constitution says that there must be a blasphemy prohibition in law. The Irish Supreme Court ruled that the law was unenforcable due to no definition of blasphemy being in Irish law. As part of the defamtion bill passed in 2009, blasphemy was defined and all religions were included. The punishment is a fine of 25,000 euro. There are grounds to defend yourself including academic and artistic grounds. The Attorney General advised that there had to be a blasphemy law. The minister involved said that he would rather that there was no blasphemy prohibition at all. A referendum will likely be held to delete the blasphemy prohiibition from the constitution near the end of this year as the minister has said that he will bring th eproposed amendment before cabinet. In no small part because of the Irish Green Party, civil partnerships will soon be legal, transgendered persons will be recognised, animal welfare increased and hopefully a ban on corporate donations to politicians.

  18. *defamation
    *prohibition
    *the proposed
    *Note: The recognition of transexuals will only include people who have surgey, not people who just identify as a different gender to his/her sex at birth.

  19. The Greens are crazy – they hate science… they were founded by a Tory, used to promote a one-child policy, and their 2009 manifesto pledged to fight against stem cell research and GM foods. They have claimed we should cut back on nuclear power… by purchasing more power from France – which is 80% nuclear.

    Their manifesto promises the world, but doesn’t explain how they will deliver any of it.

    There is a reason they have failed to get a single MP in over 30 years of existence – being a radical does NOT mean you are progressive!

    As for the Irish Green Party… Fianna Fail are horrifically right wing, and the Greens are in a coalition government with them!

  20. Jean-Paul Bentham 16 Apr 2010, 3:29am

    The Green Party sounds great to me and I really hope they get one or two seats in the House this time round. It’s high time we kept an eye on global climate change while forming our opinions.

    Also, I saw the clash of the 3 political leaders on BBC this evening. Nick Clegg sailed high above Cameron and Brown.

    It’s also good to see you guys using your heads to vote strategically. Clever.

  21. Boredofleaderdebate 16 Apr 2010, 5:16am

    @6 Patrick James
    funny how endless comparisons are never made with Labour Parties throughout the world when we consider the LP in the UK but somehow you think it’s fair game to do so for the Green Party. Sullied? Let’s not forget that Labour made 4 LGBT election promises, the LDs 3, Tories 0. Oh and then there’s the small matter of the country facing banruptcy from the failed policies of dull politicians. Change? http://www.greenparty.org.uk/policies

  22. Simon, Brighton 16 Apr 2010, 7:28am

    Sorry to the Labour mole above, but times have changed – this time round voting *Labour* in Brighton Pavilion is going to let the Tories in. You can’t keep on using these scare tactics any longer, the Greens have become too strong in this ward.

    It is sad though that in other constituencies people will often feel obliged to vote tactically to stop the Tories; Brown’s still bleating about electoral reform, but we’ve heard it all before – he’ll only move if he needs to (ie hung parliament)

  23. Jean-Paul Bentham 16 Apr 2010, 8:15am

    Not only do I like the Green Party, I like the people who are in the Green Party, and the people who vote Green; I like it here in Canada, and I’d like to see it succeed in the UK.

    So it would be hung Parliament with a Green voice or two, or three…

  24. Good for The Greens.

  25. I have heard the green party referred to as the Watermelon party.

    Green on the outside, but crack them open and they are red to the core.

  26. Afraid the Green Party lost my vote when Caroline Lucas appeared on Question Time and said, ‘All pornography degrades women.’ What, even the stuff put put by Eurocreme?! Makes me worry what anti-porn legislation they might bring in if they had the chance. I want a fair government, but I don’t want a bunch of censorious prudes in power.

  27. Jean-Paul Bentham 16 Apr 2010, 10:28am

    Did you know that small islands in the Bay of Bengal are now underwater as a result of global warming?

    Do you suppose Lovelock had a few things right?

    Watermelon party? I already heard that one.

  28. Paschal, #18, I would just suggest that if you wish to advise people of facts of Irish politics it is not in your interests to set out by insulting the reader, by beginning as you have with “For those of you too ignorant to know about Irish politics . . .”

    It would seem you need to learn about the niceties and etiquetee of human interaction.

    I suggest you BEGIN by reading Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People”.

    You’ll find that you will begin to convince others to listen to you once you have digested Carnegie’s principles.

  29. Peter Tatchell 16 Apr 2010, 1:41pm

    Compare the handful of LGBT policies being offered by the Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrats, with what the Green Party is offering – 14 new LGBT policies which are in listed its General Election Manifesto on pages 29 to 31. Here they are:

    http://www.greenparty.org.uk/assets/files/resources/Manifesto_web_file.pdf

    • Amend the Equality Act to provide explicit protection against harassment of LGBTI people.

    • Require all police forces to have equality and diversity liaison officers whose remit is to tackle, and take preventive action on, crimes against LGBTI people, people from ethnic minorities (including refugees and asylum seekers) and disabled people.

    • Legally target incitement of hatred on the grounds of gender identity and amend the Equality Act to provide explicit protection against harassment of LGBTI people.

    • Open up civil marriages and civil partnerships, without discrimination, to both same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

    • End the blanket, lifetime ban on gay and bisexual blood donors.

    • Campaign for homophobic, transphobic and racist crimes, and crimes against disabled people, including people with learning difficulties, to be dealt with effectively and on a par with racist crimes.

    • Ensure legal parity for parents and those wishing to become parents regardless of sexual orientation, and equality of provision of maternity services; lobby for widely available, affordable state-funded creches.

    • Push for the rewriting of the Mental Health Act to remove trans people from the Psychiatric Disorder Register.

    • Campaign against any reduction in the AIDS/HIV budget and target health promotion work to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

    • Ensure safe haven and refugee status for LGBTI people fleeing persecution in line with other social groups according to the Geneva Convention.

    • Refuse visas and work permits to ‘murder music’ singers and others who incite homophobic and transphobic violence.

    • Oppose all opt-outs from equality and antidiscrimination laws by religious organisations and remove special treatment allowing faith schools to promote homophobia on the grounds of religion.

    • Provide comprehensive training for teachers and educational staff on all diversity and inclusion issues; schools to promote equal opportunities in their anti-bullying procedures; equality issues to be monitored in teaching recruitment.

    • Support the human rights struggles of LGBTI movements in oppressive states such as Jamaica, Iran, Uganda, Malawi, Iraq, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Russia.

    The Greens don’t just talk gay rights, they support, advocate and pledge them, as they have done for decades.

  30. “Keeping up the themes of fairness as espoused by Labour and the Lib Dems…” mmm except the Green Party adopted the slogan in September of 2009 at their autumn conference. So surely your report should state that it was copied by Labour and the Lib Dems. Although the idea that PN criticises Labour is risible.

  31. Bronwen Jones 16 Apr 2010, 5:34pm

    Patrick James said:

    “In fact voting for the Greens in any of the three constituencies that make up Brighton & Hove will increase the chances of a Conservative victory.”

    That’s not true. In Brighton Pavillion, the most you could say in favour of tactical voting Labour instead of Greens is it’s a three-horse race. The Greens are eight points ahead of a the *Tories* in the most recent poll, with Labour a few points back in *third* position. If you want to beat the Tories in Brighton Pavillion, your best tactical vote is Green.

  32. Adam Pogonowski, Cambridge Green Party 16 Apr 2010, 6:21pm

    The Greens have a great chance in Cambridge too!

    Also, we have not copied Labour or Lib Dems “fairness” theme. They have both copied ours! Outrageous reporting!

  33. “I have heard the green party referred to as the Watermelon party.”

    Voluptuous Rectum strikes again with another high brow comment.

  34. Stuart Neyton 16 Apr 2010, 7:28pm

    “The Greens are crazy – they hate science… they were founded by a Tory, used to promote a one-child policy, and their 2009 manifesto pledged to fight against stem cell research and GM foods. They have claimed we should cut back on nuclear power… by purchasing more power from France – which is 80% nuclear.”

    Most of this is nonsense. Almost all of the anti-science policy was rightly removed from party policy at the last conference. It is party policy “PP106 The Green Party holds that the number of children people have should be a matter of free choice.” Your claim they support China’s one-child policy is nonsense. They support building a European super grid so green energy can be shared between states, not French nuclear power, which is dangerous, there’s nowhere safe to store the waste, is expensive and isn’t carbon-neutral. They have changed their stance on stem-cell research and I fully support their anti-GM stance. It’t not anti-science.

    The Greens have the best, fairest and most honest fully-costed manifesto. I hope they do well.

  35. Jean-Paul Bentham 16 Apr 2010, 9:15pm

    The Greens’ paradigm shift is crucial to future generations.

    GMO’s are a huge issue that needs to be seriously studied, on the off-chance that it’s not too late.

    Multi-nationals patenting DNA is a 21st century phenomena and it needs a global approach, e.g. prudence.

    I hope this party does well too.

  36. PinkNews have had this story about a police investigation into possible corruption at the Glasgow LGBT centre since yesterday morning but they are not running it – why?

    Labour http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/politics/police-quiz-purcell-ally-over-drugs-allegations-1.1020742

    Police quiz Purcell ally over drugs allegations
    Chris Watt
    15 Apr 2010
    Police have questioned one of Steven Purcell’s closest allies over claims of corruption and drug abuse at Glasgow City Council.
    Councillor Ruth Black, a personal friend of the disgraced former council leader, visited a police station to discuss allegations that she was unfairly given a £50,000 council contract because of her connection to Mr Purcell.
    Ms Black, 45, was also asked if she had a role in the supply of drugs in Mr Purcell’s circle after the former leader admitted to having taken cocaine in the past.
    In addition, she was asked about claims she herself had taken amphetamines. Ms Black denies any wrongdoing.
    SNP councillors last week accused Mr Purcell of cronyism over his decision to award a lucrative contract to run a gay and lesbian drop-in centre to Ms Black, ahead of a rival bid from the well-established organisation Glasgay.
    The Nationalists were acting on a tip-off which apparently included incriminating evidence about the council leader’s decision to give the contract to his Labour party colleague.
    Ms Black had run a previous incarnation of the drop-in centre, but quit in December 2007. The centre went bust at the end of last year with outstanding debts of more than £300,000.
    Ms Black was given the go-ahead to run the new centre, angering supporters of Glasgay, which has more than two decades’ experience of working in the city. Ms Black admitted that she went to London Road police station yesterday afternoon after officers contacted her on Tuesday.
    Drug allegations against Mr Purcell, she told The Herald, were “the whole raison d’être” of the meeting.
    “They asked if I was involved in taking them and passing them to other people as well,” Ms Black said. “Well, of course not.”
    She was also questioned over the allegations relating to her bid for the contract to run the drop-in centre, but dismissed the claims as “absolute rubbish”, adding: “I totally deny them.”
    The individuals who had tipped off the SNP, Ms Black claimed, were former staff members of the centre who held a grudge against her. She intends to take action against them, she said.
    “It did become clear to [the police] as I explained the background that it was two ex-employees who had a massive axe to grind,” said Ms Black.
    “That balanced things out, and it was clear it was a very malicious, nasty attempt to get revenge on me.” Ms Black described the on-the- record police interview as “possibly the most horrible experience I’ve ever had”.
    She added that she was “devastated” to be caught up in the situation.
    No charges have been brought, although Strathclyde Police indicated that they may need to speak to Ms Black again.
    A police spokeswoman last night confirmed that the interview had taken place voluntarily.
    Glasgow City Council said it would be “inappropriate” to comment.

  37. Dont be frightened to vote Green! Here in Australia, I have been doing it for quite a long time and I am VERY happy with the candidates that have been elected. Here in South Australia we have our new 2nd Green Member of Parliament elected! Go gay and go greens around the world!

  38. Eddy, #18. Sorry for my use of language but I’m sick and tired of people who know very little about Ireland making huge statements about it. I don’t pretend to be an expert on British politics yet some people seem to read one inaccurate news report and make judgements. People have basically attacked Irish politicians as if they were fascist for passing a law no one really wanted, including them, which the Attorney General said had to be done which is next to impossible to enforce. The blasphemy prohibition will be deleted from the constitution if the minister who actually introduced the recent blasphemy prohibition gets his way. There were plenty of people commenting on the Guardian about the Irish blasphemy prohibition, which is part of a larger act, yet I doubt that many people know that Ireland is soon to pass a civil partnership bill with huge support from Irish political parties, that the Department of Finance and the Department of Social Protection are looking to ensure equality for gay couples who will have civil partnerships in the areas of tax and social welfare or that Ireland will probably legally recognise transexuals acquired gender, that Ireland is one of the best places in the world for equality for women, or that Ireland is in joint first place for press freedom. If something doesn’t re-enforce the stereotype of old backward Ireland then it’s not worth reporting it seems. Fianna Fáil is socially conservative but not very and it youth section voted unanimously at it latest national youth conference to support marriage equality. Get the facts before you judge.

  39. That’s better, Paschal. Post the information of which you feel people need to become aware – rather than causing them to turn away from you.

  40. I’ve been a Green for a long time, the only party that supports FULL equality including same-sex marriage. Neither Labour or Tory parties do, so the Greens get my vote, irrespective of what they did in Ireland. It has been consistent on equality, never waivered. I agree with others, we need electoral reform starting with the abolition of the House of Lords for starters and adopt proportional representation as most other modern countries do. The two party system doesn’t work, its the same old crap every five years.

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