#365daysofpolitics day 6: pleading

I’ve just finished off a bunch of work to the 2015 election stats project I’ve been working on. Thanks to contributions from others, it looks like we now have votes for all constituencies and the validation is passing – woohoo!

There’s some next steps, which I’ve created issues for. Feel free to help me out on those.

My main effort today though was e-mailing the Green Party and the local Green candidate, Rob Pass. Here’s my e-mail:

Rob, and the rest of the Green Party,

Please let me join!

Section 4i of the Green Party constitution states (my emphasis);

Membership is open to any person who subscribes to the object of the Party, and is not already a member of another political party, other than Green Parties abroad, subject to clause 4(vii) below.

My personal values align with those of the Green Party and I am in favour of many of your policies.

Rob, you impressed me in the Lichfield election campaign and you got my vote last week.

But I try to lend my support to all those campaigns and parties who share my values, and whose policies I support. So I am a member of The Pirate Party and the party I helped establish, Something New.

I want to support you too but your rules forbid it. We’re clearly in a multi-party system now (despite our horrific voting system) as confirmed by your own increased vote share.

Given this, will you consider altering your constitution to take that into account, and allow me, and many others, to lend our support to you?







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