To start with, knocking on someone’s door and announcing you are from the Green Party is a daunting prospect. However for most of us it becomes the most rewarding part of the campaign. It teaches you never to judge a person from their front door. Or where they live. It teaches you to listen very hard to what people are saying. They are telling you something very important. It also teaches you that not everyone will be convinced by you, and that diversity is a good thing too.
But everyone is really friendly and we have learnt so much about the Borough and its people. And we have identified many important local issues which we will pursue after the election.
For now a few lessons.
People are mightily fed up with the main political parties As in, truly fed up. For many the Greens are a welcome antidote, but for many we are tarred with the same brush. We have to demonstrate by what we do, as well as what we say, that we are different.
Housing is a massive issue, and London is truly heading for housing meltdown unless real radical action is taken soon.
The NHS is the one thing people are happy for their taxes to be spent on.
Drugs are a big issue. If anyone suggests that the war on drugs is working, they are living in cloud cuckoo land.
We are really confident that the Green Party offers a positive message of hope, and so many people we have met and talked to are going to vote Green at the next election. You should too.