Green Party in England & Wales
"If you want honesty in politics, you have to vote for it."
The Green Party today welcomed Cllr Mark Ingram of Harrow Council to the
Green Party. Formally a Labour Councillor, he became Independent when the
war in Iraq began. Today, he joined the Green Party.
Green London Assembly Member Jenny Jones AM commented: "The Green Party
were, and continue to be, the only viable political party consistently
opposed to the war, and millions around the country agree with us. But,
despite the largest political demonstration in recent political history, the
Labour government continues to wage war. I welcome Mark's decision to join
us. The Green Party seek to promote the causes of democracy and peace
wherever we can, reflecting the wishes and needs of the people we represent
at every level."
Cllr Ingram, flanked by M and B,* two Iraquis currently visiting the UK and
staying with him, cited the war as his primary reason for leaving Labour and
joining the Greens: "If Labour's vote holds up in the forthcoming local
elections, Blair can say the Iraq effect is 'dead'...and move on to Iran."
"If you want honesty in politics, you have to vote for it. If you want
informed, open debate on difficult choices, not more sales talk, voting
Green is the way to get it."
M and B then talked of life in Iraq today.
M commented: "I would estimate that reconstruction has only been achieved to
about 10% of Iraq's original infrastructure. There are only two hours of
electricity a day, and water is constantly turned off without warning. There
are no regular supplies of petrol, you have to wait for up to eight hours
sometimes at a petrol station in order to get half a tank of petrol."
B, when asked about the role of the police in protecting ordinary Iraquis in
day to day life, commented: "In the UK, there may be one murder at a time
and the police investigate it, but in Iraq with so many happening a day, how
can they investigate it properly?"