16 Apr 2010 Graham Smith
For the first time there is one party leader who supports the republican cause, whose party supports the republican cause, who has a chance of winning a seat in parliament at this general election.
Now this isn’t a pitch for that party, Republic draws its support from across the political spectrum and will continue to do so after May 6. But I thought I’d highlight the long-standing policy of the Green party, led by Republic supporter Caroline Lucas MEP.
The Green policy states:
The Green Party believes that the hereditary principle should have no place in government. Therefore the Green Party advocates that:
a. No person shall acquire the right to any office of government by inheritance.
b. An hereditary peerage shall confer no right to sit in Parliament.
c. The monarchy shall cease to be an office of government. The legislative, executive and judicial roles of the monarch shall cease.
d. Peers and members of the royal family shall have the same civil rights and fiscal obligations as other citizens.
e. A settlement of property held by the current royal family shall be made, to divide it between that required for the private life of current members of the family and that to be public property
That’s pretty clear and unequivocal. And Caroline Lucas is tipped to win the Brighton Pavilion seat, defeating Labour and pushing the Tories into third place. The more optimistic Greens think they may even win two or three seats, although this is less likely. But even if it’s just the one, that would be a big breakthrough for the party and a welcome addition to parliament for republicans.
Whatever else you think about the Greens it is no doubt going to be interesting seeing them represented in Westminster, and if they will use their opportunity to push the republican message, then all the better.Tweet this post This entry was posted on Friday, April 16th, 2010 at 11:33 am and is filed under General, Politicians. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Comments are now closed.