Well the UK election has officially been over for 4 days and we still don’t know exactly who is in charge (some might say no change there, then!).
One interesting possibility is that the UK’s first Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas, could hold the decisive vote – that is if Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, decides that he’d rather work with the Labour Party rather than the Conservatives.
Whatever happens, it’s right that we give Caroline Lucas due recognition for her remarkable achievement in getting elected – she engineered an 8.4% swing in her favour. While for many ‘minority’ parties this would be seen as a crowning achievement I suspect that for Ms Lucas and the UK Green Party this is just the start.
The Green Party has done well in local and European elections in the past and polled 1% of the total vote in the General Election. While this is slightly down on their share in the 2005 election if Nick Clegg negotiates the introduction of some form of proportional representation then the Greens could, in theory, have 6 seats at the next election.