In a piece titled: “The Greens, chaotic as they are, give a lesson to the main parties”, The Guardian’s Will Hutton puts the rise of the UK’s minor parties into perspective:
The startling rise of the smaller parties’ membership and opinion-polling presence in part reflects people’s instinctive rejection of what in reality is both democratic and economic nonsense – and a hunger for political activity that is grounded in some vision.
Politics is about workability and coherence. But the sudden rise of the Greens is a vivid reminder to our political class. Without heart and great animating goals, even momentous choices appear to collapse into managerialism. Democracy deserves better.
The Green’s economic policy is a shambles, much like Ukip’s or the Monster Raving Loony Party’s. Each of these minor political movements has risen with a vision: for Ukip it was the desire to leave the EU, the SNP’s rise was due to potential Scottish Independence, and the Lib Dem’s surge followed promised reforms in education and the cutting of tuition fees. The vision—the fanciful dream—for prospective Green voters is a fairer society. A vision so broad it is impossible, but one that it is easy to get behind.
We all want to be part of the latest craze, whether it an internet meme or a political organisation. I admire the Greens for being so driven. But with too many of us on one quixotic bandwagon, the parade of politics collapses and the electorate are left more apathetic than ever.
We might be on our way to a rainbow coalition this year. I hope we’re not. The rise of exciting and passionate minor parties has shown that Labour, the Conservatives and the Lib Dems are the only ones capable of running the country, even if they aren’t the ideal. But when has anything been ideal?
As much as I like the Greens, I urge you not to waste your vote on them.