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Finishing fourth

The Greens are decentralised, disorganised and in danger of losing ground in the battle to remain Britain's fourth party

By Alice Onwordi   November 2008

Unlike the Olympics, fourth place matters in British politics. This battle is often fought between the Greens and the BNP, and, worryingly, the Greens seem to be falling behind. Even worse, in the high profile 6th November Glenrothes by-election, they aren’t even fielding a candidate. Despite the rising importance of green issues, and reorganisation to shed many of the party’s sillier anti-hierarchical principles, Britain’s Greens remain as woolly as ever.

At first glance, Green influence has grown significantly over the last five years. Elections under proportional representation (PR) in Scotland, Wales, London and Europe now make it easier for Greens…

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