The Green Party have urged Liberal Democrat supporters who object to their party's coalition deal with the Conservatives to join the Greens to achieve real change.
In a deliberate parody of the language used by Tory leader David Cameron at the start of the coalition negotiations, the Greens have issued a "big, open, and comprehensive offer" to Liberal Democrats. They have urged them to “come and join the Greens and campaign for real democratic change, real action to tackle poverty, and real action on climate change”.
The offer was made jointly by the Green Party of England and Wales and the Scottish Green Party.
"This is an extraordinary decision by the Lib Dem leadership, and thousands of their activists and voters will feel heavily betrayed today,” said Green MSP Patrick Harvie, “These members and supporters did not work hard over the last weeks and months to see their party become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tories”.
He went on, "We would therefore like to make a big, open and comprehensive offer to Lib Dem supporters to come now and talk to the Greens instead”.
Green MP Caroline Lucas said, “The Lib Dems have made themselves known as a party of dirty tricks in election campaigns. But now Nick Clegg has carried out the biggest Lib Dem dirty trick so far - betraying all those people who voted Lib Dem because they honestly thought it would bring about electoral reform”.
Harvie insisted that Green Party policies would fit comfortably with the priorities of many Liberal Democrat activists.
“We back true constitutional reform,” he said, “Not only proportional representation but also fixed-term Parliaments, a written constitution, votes at 16, limits on corporate donations to political parties, and a whole host of other measures dear to Lib Dem activists' hearts. We support a fairer taxation system too, where those on the highest incomes start to pay their fair share, something the Tories' donors will never permit them to consider.”
And he insisted, “We're the only political party offering an economic policy which is consistent with environmental politics”.
The Greens say that many former Liberal Democrats have already found a “long-term home” with the Green Party, including former Liberal Democrat councillors
“Thousands of Lib Dems will be unable to stomach this decision to put David Cameron's Tories into power,” concluded Harvie, “It's time for them to consider coming home to the Greens”.