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Why voting for the Green Party is NOT a wasted vote

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If I had a quid for every time I heard the words, ‘there’s no point voting for the Green Party, it’s a waste of a vote’, I’d be better off than Theresa May.

Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas at the Green party leadership election in 2016

It’s seemed for quite a long time that there are only two parties actually in the general election. Most people have settled on the fact that you vote Labour or Conservative and that’s the way it’s been since 1922. Of course, there was the anomaly of the Conservative - Lib Dem coalition, but we all know how that ended for the Liberal Democrats...

But does anyone actually support either party? It’s easy to say that politicians in your opposing party are liars and useless, but I’m sure there are a lot of policies we’d change if we felt we had the choice, regardless of who we align ourselves with. Put it this way, if you only ever had the choice of a Twix or a Mars bar, sure, you’d have your favourite, but you’d start to notice the negatives after years and years of eating the same thing. Whoever is in charge, there’s always something to grumble about.

Perhaps you strongly disagree with the Green Party’s promises to save the NHS, invest more in mental health care, be more environmentally friendly, scrap tuition fees and get rid of discriminatory pay gaps whilst raising the National minimum wage. If that's the case then perhaps this isn't the article for you. But my real bugbear is when I hear this: 

Peter: I love the Green Party! Their policies are exactly what our country needs.

Paul: You’re voting for the Green Party?

Peter: Oh definitely not.

I’m not kidding when I say that I’ve heard this at least 100 times in the past few months, both from friends and strangers alike.

Do you know what would make a difference? If every person too afraid to cast a vote for a different party, did. It’s almost as if everyone is waiting for them to gain enough momentum in order to feel comfortable voting for them, not realising that this precise action is stopping the end result.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do get it. It’s scary. It’s especially scary if you’re extremely opposed to either the Conservative or the Labour party. If you don’t vote for one, will the other then get into power? Well, maybe. But if like myself, your recent votes have had the opposite outcome to the one you were hoping for, then why wait? Why not take a chance and vote for the party you really agree with?

Go on, make a change and make a real difference.




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