Voice of the Voiceless

Posted: Monday, 21 December 2009 by Chris Hyland in Labels: , ,

It's often said (both internally and externally) that smaller parties like the Green Party can't make a difference or take part in mainstream political debate merely by getting a small number of elected national officials. One thing that tends to be overlooked in these assertions is that while one or two people may not hold the balance of power or dictate national policy; is that there is an incalculable benefit of simply having people in high profile positions who can speak for people who's views aren't covered by the small spectrum of mainstream politics. For example how many people in the UK who wouldn't usually consider voting for the main parties do you think Patrick Harvie MSP is speaking for here: