Too many let electoral tactics influence their decision in the polling booth

Greens see head of steam in support: Party launches European manifesto

THE Green Party launched its European election manifesto with the bravest of faces yesterday, despite having the highest of mountains to climb.

Letter: Reports in every colour but Green

Sir: Your coverage of the run-up to the local elections has featured a number of articles on the British National Party - giving credibility to a party that has a total of one elected councillor - and yet I have seen almost nothing on the party that has already gained 300 elected councillors - the Green Party.

Letter: Only a faint Eco of green politics

Sir: In your report 'New splinter group divides Greens' (4 April), Judy Maciejowska, chair of Eco, outlines the need for a political party based on ecological values. That party already exists. It is called the Green Party. The Green Party does not seek to promote environmental concern only in its very narrow sense, however. Green politics cannot operate in a political vacuum. We must tackle issues such as poverty, inequality and exploitation of the Third World if we are to build an ecologically sustainable future that is anything like worthwhile. It is sad that a former member of the Green Party should dismiss these concerns as the 'dregs of socialism'.

New splinter group divides Greens

THE beleaguered Green Party faces a further round of in- fighting with the formation of another breakaway group, which threatens to turn itself into a rival party, writes David Nicholson-Lord.

Green Party to purge rebel Ecos

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Letter: Green ideas are alive and well but living under assumed names

GEOFFREY LEAN is quite right: 'It's Not Easy Being Green' (27 February). Especially with journalists like him around. They turn up at every Green Party conference and, for some reason, are willing to write only one story: the Green Party is dead. Jonathon Porritt and Sara Parkin are old news. They left because the Green Party is determinedly democratic and would not set up icons. David Icke is not much in favour either.

Defection hits Green splinter group

GREEN REALIGNMENT, a group which splintered from the Green Party, has got off to an uncertain start. One of its founding members rejoined the Green Party just before the inaugural conference last weekend, writes Nicholas Schoon.

Green leaders seek charity allies: Britain's becalmed environmental movement may be on the brink of realignment. Nicholas Schoon reports

SOME OF Britain's best-known environmentalists, including Jonathon Porritt and Sara Parkin, are trying to forge a strategic alliance between green organisations, charities aiding the poor and the Third World and groups seeking constitutional change.

Letter: Roots of the Green Party's political failure

Sir: I was saddened by Lesley Whittaker's article 'Too nice to turn people green' (11 March). Her diagnosis of the sickness within Green Party politics is simple but true, though in my experience anarchy and niceness aren't two qualities which marry comfortably inside the Green Party. Yet there are other reasons why the Green Party's politics have become irrelevant.

Defeat by greens

VADUZ (AP) - A Green party ended a 55-year stranglehold on parliament by Liechtenstein's two main parties in voting yesterday that also toppled the head of government. Hans Brunhart, 'government chief' since 1978, said he would not seek a new term after his Fatherland Union party lost the majority of seats in parliament. It lost two seats to the environmentalist Free List, which entered parliament on its third try.

Greens seek a way out of the political wilderness: After the deaths of Petra Kelly and Gert Bastian, John Eisenhammer in Bonn looks at how divisions laid waste a strong political force

IT IS SAD testimony to the dramatically changed fortunes of Germany's Greens that it requires the macabre death of two of their former idols to thrust the beleaguered movement back into the headlines.

Petra Kelly killed in double shooting

PETRA KELLY, founder of the German Greens and a passionate international campaigner on environmental and human rights, was shot dead at her Bonn home by her companion and fellow peace activist, Gert Bastian, who then turned the gun on himself, according to police.

The way I was: Not quite as plain as the nose on your face: David Icke looks back with Nicholas Roe to the day he became a vision in a turquoise shell-suit

BEFORE the spring of 1991, when this was taken, if you would have said to me, 'Right, Icke, son, what you're going to do is stand up at a press conference, and you're going to wear turquoise and you're going to say these things . . .' I'd have said, 'You must be off your rocker. No chance. You know what's going to happen if I do that? The press will have a field day]'

Letter: Green Party needs a political edge

Sir: Thank you at last for a fair piece on the Green Party (David Nicholson-Lord; 'Political winter descends on former success story', 16 September).

Letter: Forces behind the decline of the Greens

Sir: The self-imposed political winter of the Green Party requires some further explanation. For the decline since the 1989 electoral success is the result of two significant, yet unnamed, forces - one structural and one psychological.
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