The Green Party in Southend, at least, has always seemed to me to have a taste for armchair activism, as opposed to actually knocking on doors. When I see their activists around in Southend, it’s more often me knocking on their doors…
I’ve spoken on the doorstep to two local Green Party members on the doorstep this weekend. The more interesting of those conservations was in Rochford & Southend East, where I was told:
“Our aim is to hold onto our deposit.“
Now, for the uninitiated, a deposit of £500 is required from anyone wishing to stand for a parliamentary election. Said deposit is returned, provided the candidate gains at least 5% of the vote. In the 2010 general election, this amounted to a little over 2,000 votes in Rochford & Southend East.
And that is, apparently, what the Green Party’s Simon Cross is aiming for. I don’t know about a Green surge, that barely qualifies as a gentle wave. What’s clear is in Rochford & Southend East, a vote for the Green Party is a wasted vote.
If voters want to kick out James Duddridge and the Conservatives, the only choice is Labour.