Poll: Natalie Bennett – Green growth or brain fade?

Natalie Bennett at the Climate Change march, London, on May 8 [Image: Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock].

Natalie Bennett at the Climate Change march, London, on May 8 [Image: Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock].

With the announcement that Natalie Bennett is to step down as Green Party leader, it’s time for another Vox Political poll.

Natalie Bennett is to step down as leader of the Greens this summer, after saying she believed she had established her party as a national force while acknowledging that she was not a “spin-trained, lifelong politician”.She will remain leader until the end of August when her second two-year term expires, but said she was making the announcement now to allow possible successors plenty of time to come forward.

The Green leader, who took over from the better known Caroline Lucas, came to national prominence during last year’s general election campaign, when she appeared in the televised party leaders’ debates alongside David Cameron and Ed Miliband.

However, she was forced to apologise to members after an excruciating radio interview in which she failed to explain Green party policies, which she put down to “brain fade” and suffering a cold.

Source: Natalie Bennett to step down as Green party leader | Politics | The Guardian

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4 thoughts on “Poll: Natalie Bennett – Green growth or brain fade?

  1. roybeiley

    For one fault she must walk the plank? Jesus. I like her. She does not give out the normal vibes of Green Party members such as looking slightly geeky and too earnest in their zeal to change the world. Political support is like an osmosis process. It takes time to make a real connection and begin to motivate people rather than make them ambivalent. Just look what Jeremy Corbyn has unleashed on the political mindset. Greens need to choose very carefully who will be their next leader because the time is right for people to be motivated, especially young people who will otherwise reap the consequences of climate change denial.

  2. Besquipedalian

    I’m sure she had the best intentions, but she never really convinced as a party leader. But she had the over-riding problem that, to my mind, the Greens do not constitute a political party, but are more a broad-based pressure grouop.
    Green politics can be taken up by any of the major or minor parties (remember the tory ‘green tree’ logo?).
    Thus it would be more beneficial to the Greens to state their credentials politically rather than ecologically. I would dearly like to see them as a major driving force within the Labour party of Jeremy Corbyn. A red-green alliance.

  3. Damien Willey

    There’s an argument for saying she did a good job since party membership swelled under her leadership, but I tend to think that was as a result of tory-litism from Miliband led Labour, abandonment of the traitorous Lib Dems and the higher profile of Caroline Lucas, who I challenge anyone from whatever party to not have the utmost respect for. I think the Greens did well despite Bennett, who was the most awful orator and if they want to keep some of this membership and not see it bleed off back to the Lib Dems (not that far fetched given the recent election results) or to Corbyn led Labour, they need a better speaker. Lucas won’t return, she gave it up when she won her seat and I see no reason she’d go back on that. I did find the London mayoral candidate Sian Berry quite competent sounding though, perhaps she’d be a good choice?

  4. Ben Grillet

    To be (leader), or not to be (leader)–that is the question:
    Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
    And by opposing end them.

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