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Everyone's talking about rise of far-right BNP vote; one thing I haven't noticed much discussion about is the UK's green vote.

Everyone's talking about rise of far-right BNP vote; one thing I haven't noticed much discussion about is the UK's green vote.

The Green Party is up but from from 6.2% of the vote to 8.7% of the total, at  1,303,745 votes . In line with their prediction of 9%, this wasn't enough for a breakthrough, or the kind of surge that George Monbiot was praying for when he urged everyone to vote for the Green Party last Wednesday.

To point out how the Green Party polled over half as many votes as the Labour Party struggled to achieve, knocking them into fifth place in the South East and the South-West only shows how shocking the Labour Party's performance was. Is anyone out there happy with the party that's supposed to represent environmental issues struggling to only achieve parity with the BNP? Especially considering that the BNP denies the very existence of climate change?

Green issues may have have been squeezed out by stories of the MP's expenses farago and the collapsing Labour Party leadership, but by most accounts The Green Party had their best campaign yet, so surely it shouldn't be this hard to concentrate minds on green issues at a time when mainstream parties' perforances are so lacklustre?

The best case to be made for action on climate is the one presented by science. Maybe it would help if the Green Party stopped projecting themselves as a party of anti-science and general earth-flatness. At the same time as Obama is opening the doors to stem-cell research in the US, the Green Party is trying to close them by banning embryonic stem-cell research.

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