10 years difference in Euro Parliament elections

I am honoured to have been elected as a Green party MEP. I can’t wait to get to work on behalf of all those who put their faith in me and in our movement’s vision of hope. We are truly building a common world, rooted in the aspirations of the young and set to deliver lasting change for all.

❝ Millions of citizens from Sheffield to Stuttgart have grown weary of the same old politics of tribal allegiances…Ten years after Yorkshire and the Humber sent a member of the BNP to the European parliament, we’ve elected a black, Muslim refugee standing for the Green party. Now isn’t that something?

❝ The election results from across Europe are bittersweet. Yes, they show that dark shadows of hatred continue to enshroud us – reminding us that xenophobia and hate are by no means a uniquely British problem. Yet we have also witnessed the mighty Green wave cascading through Europe and landing on our shores. We have seen the light of hope beaming not only on the distant horizon, but right here and now in front of us – where we comfortably beat the Tories in all parts of the country, with seven elected Green MEPs. Through this spirit of resistance, we are able to see clearly the path that will carry us to a kinder, fairer, more tolerant Britain and to a greener, more welcoming and more democratic Europe.

Good for you, brother. A significant portion of the American Left would self-identify as Green. Yet, time and again, we confront a one-time lurch into electoral politics by a seemingly isolated solo Green candidate. I don’t know if this is rooted in American impatience or what; but, this kind of effort rarely produces more than disappointment. Maybe our Euro brothers and sisters are accustomed to the building – and the role – of minor parties, Dunno.

I register as Democrat so I can participate in their primaries. That’s about it. Feels like the number of folks doing the same thing grows every year. Believe me, I’d much rather register as Green.

3 thoughts on “10 years difference in Euro Parliament elections

  1. Michelle Meaders says:

    Isn’t it that we don’t have a Parliamentary system in the US? And that we have winner-take-all elections and single-member districts? Also a lot of voter suppression, big money in politics, and uninformed voters.

  2. Spoiler alert says:

    “Here’s how third party candidates have changed [US] elections” (A&E History 5/1/19) https://www.history.com/news/third-party-candidates-election-influence-facts Scroll down to “2016 – Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump”
    “GOP Group To Air Pro-Nader TV Ads” (Washington Post, October 2000) https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/20001027/aponline115918_000.htm
    “GOP donors funding Nader / Bush supporters give independent’s bid a financial lift” (July 2004) https://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/GOP-donors-funding-Nader-Bush-supporters-give-2708705.php
    “Ralph Nader Was Indispensable To The Republican Party” (Jan 2014) https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ralph-nader-was-indispens_b_4235065
    Nader Elected Bush: Why We Shouldn’t Forget (May 2016) https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/05/31/nader_elected_bush_why_we_shouldnt_forget_130715.html
    See also “Green Party Candidate Finds He’s a Republican Pawn” (NYT 2001) https://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/08/us/green-party-candidate-finds-he-s-a-republican-pawn.html [As a longtime campaign consultant for Washington Republicans] “Mr. Shore’s role in the state legislative race, and that of his wife in a similar situation in a county race in Seattle, are at the center of a growing political fracas featuring accusations by the Green Party that Republicans have been infiltrating their ranks and cries of shame and foul by Democrats.”

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