Interview with… Green Party PPC Martin Hemingway
With so many first-time voters apparently ‘disillusioned’ and ‘disengaged’ with traditional politics, the ground appears fertile for the newer and fringe political parties to draw in more votes than ever before. As the ‘Green movement’ appears to resonate so strongly within the student community I began by asking Martin why he believes the party’s ideology connects with younger demographics.
Martin said that the Green Party sound very different to the other parties – they focus on promoting clear policies not political bickering.
I challenged Martin on these ‘clear policies’ as a common query on my Facebook note was ‘how will the Green Party ever be elected when they only care about the environment‘.
Martin accepted that recognition of Green polices is a challenged, but they are not a single-issue party. Martin stated that the Green Party have a clear and costed set of economic policies that follow Keynesian principles. I asked if it was possible to reform the economic structure away from today’s neo-liberalism, de-regulated state to which Martin replied that if the UK continues down the Conservative and Labour path the long-term recovery looks unstable. Martin claimed that the Greens have plans to create 10,000 UK jobs in green industries.
A common comment coming from Facebook was ‘how do they relate to other parties’ so I thought it was extremely important then to get Martin to clarify where exactly the Green Party sits along the political spectrum?
Martin explained the he used to be a member of the Labour Party, but left as he felt it had abandoned its principles and it is now the Green Party who occupy the space left when ‘New Labour’ emerged.
The Green Party manifesto claims that the UK needs a 10% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions. A number of people asked me if i thought this was ‘over ambitious’ as the Government has said we must reduce by 2.5% – so I asked Martin if 10% really is a realistic aim?