I had a letter published in the Bristol Evening Post this week:
The ‘Stealing Green Ideas’ letter from candidates Gus Hoyt and Katie Buse that appeared on Saturday is an unfortunate example of what is wrong with party politics.
They complain that the Liberal Democrats have adopted a significant chunk of Green Party policy. Surely it should be the ambition of every politician to influence those who are in power? To have another party adopt your ideas should be seen as a major success and perhaps even the sole aim of an ‘opposition’ party.
Now imagine that they had been independent candidates, rather than promoting the Green Party. Without the desire for party political point scoring, they would have instead praised the Liberal Democrats for adopting a set of policies that they wholeheartedly approve of.
Political parties seem to have forgotten that their policies are not marketing tools to get their candidates elected, they are supposed to be deliverable and affordable plans for improving life for the British public.
Anthony Butcher (Independent candidate for Wraxall and Long Ashton)