Green Party Politics

Leader or no leader?

The supporters of the latter, led by the MEP Caroline Lucas, and Prince Charles\’s favourite Green, Jonathan Porritt, succinctly argued in a letter to this paper on Tuesday that a single identifiable leader who people recognise and trust is the best way of engaging the voters.

If they want to contest elections within the existing system, if there is going to be a Green party, as opposed to a green pressure group, they have to act like players. And in a context of minimal voter attention and celebrity politics, that means the party\’s enviably simple message has to be put across by a single leader.

The Guardian comes out on the side of two of its occasional columnists. Amazing, don\’t you think?

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