Public wants Green policies, web survey suggests

By staff writers
6 May 2010

A large number of people in Britain actually support Green Party policies without necessarily recognising it, despite an unfair voting system which severely hampers small parties.

This appears to be the finding from a survey on the Vote For Policies, Not Personalities website (http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/), which lets people choose their favourite policies on a range of issues, ranging from immigration and welfare to education and the NHS.

The website asks prospective voters to choose the policies they like the most without knowing which party the policy they vote for belongs to. It then tells them which party they should vote for based on their policy choices.

The site currently sees the Greens in the lead on almost 25 per cent, ahead of Labour on 19 per cent and the Liberal Democrats on 18 per cent.

"The presidential style leader debates have been misleading. Voters are not voting for Brown, Cameron or Clegg - unless they live in Kirkcaldy, Witney or Sheffield," said Green Party leader Caroline Lucas yesterday.

Ms Lucas is tipped as the favourite to claim the Greens' first seat in parliament in the Brighton Pavilion constituency today, in defiance of the first-past-the-post voting system which has an inbuilt bias against smaller parties and means that millions of votes will be 'wasted' at the polls.

Lucas added: "After over 230,000 people voting for the policies they prefer, the Green Party is by far ahead of the parties with almost 25 per cent of people preferring our policies.

"This backs up what we hear on the doorsteps - that when people look at our policies, they like what they see," she claimed.

The Green leader went on: "The Vote For Policies website provides a strong argument for bringing in real proportional representation, so that people get the policies they want. After all, it is policies that are going to impact on the big issues that matter to people - living wages, good local schools, a publicly run NHS, more jobs - and not the personalities of the three main leaders.

"Although 'Cleggmania' seems to be sweeping the country, in Brighton Pavilion there is no Liberal Democrat presence to speak of. They have no councillors in the constituency and have come fourth in every election since 2005. And in both Norwich South and Lewisham Deptford the Greens are the only credible opposition to the tired Labour candidates. Voters in these three constituencies have the chance to elect an independent and fresh voice who would potentially hold a key position in a hung parliament - and from the party with the most popular policies," she declared.

In Scotland and Wales, the SNP and Plaid Cymru are also hoping to do well, as voters refuse the blandishments of the big parties across the country.

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