The Green Party are still being excluded from upcoming televised debates, despite uproar from supporters.
Ofcom have recently said that the party is ‘not a major party’, despite nearly doubling their membership in England and Wales last year and also gaining a significant rise in Scotland after the independence referendum.
Allowing UKIP – who’s membership grew to over 40,000 last year – a platform out with the ‘big three’ (labour, conservative and lib dem) – seems counter intuitive. Surely all views should be represented, and with such right wing views of the notorious UKIP and Nigel Farage above that of an environmentally conscious and more left wing party favoured by students (who represent a large block of voters), does this not hinder our democracy?
This isn’t just a problem for the Green Party, even the majority party in Scotland the SNP and Plaid Cymru have been excluded from the debates. If this truly is a United Kingdom, then shouldn’t there be representation from parties who are deeply involved in Politics outside of Westminster, and give voters a larger range of choice?
What do you think? Who should be included in the upcoming debates?