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Activist fears Green party split over leadership

The Green party is in danger of splitting over the question of whether it should have a leader, a veteran activist has warned, as balloting begins in a referendum to settle years of wrangling on the issue.

A poll released today by the Yes campaign shows that five out of six voters believe the party should replace its "male and female principal speakers" with a leader.

The party's fortunes are on the rise, with a higher tally of seats following this spring's local elections, and many within the party believe it is being held back because it lacks an identifiable face.

The YouGov poll of more than 2,000 adults shows that, of the two-thirds of respondents In the context of marketing research, a representative sample drawn from a larger population of people from whom information is collected and used to develop or confirm marketing strategy.  expressing an opinion, 84% believed the party should have a single leader and 16% disagreed. The Yes campaign argues that shows the change would improve its electoral fortunes.

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, said: "It's about how we communicate more effectively with the public; our current structures are confusing con·fuse  
v. con·fused, con·fus·ing, con·fus·es

v.tr.
1.
a. To cause to be unable to think with clarity or act with intelligence or understanding; throw off.

b.
. People relate to other people and I think it would be easier to get our ideas across if we had a figure the public was more familiar with and felt more able to recognise and trust.

"Our message is so urgent now that changing our structures seems a fairly small thing to do. It feels that there are a lot of opportunities out there.

"Parties dress themselves in green clothes and it's more important than ever to show we're there and say people may be speaking green but are not acting green. We need to be much more part of that debate to point out the inconsistencies and hypocrisies of other parties."

But Penny Kemp, spokesperson for the counter Green Empowerment campaign and a former party chair, said: "I'm very sad to see this division because on the whole I think our activists are on the Green Empowerment side.

The last thing I want to see is the party splitting itself apart over this issue."

She added: "Green politics is all about eco-politics, not ego-politics. It would be very sad if the Green party turned into 'follow my leader'; we're more intelligent than that.

"The party philosophy is based on a bottom-up structure - it's about empowerment and participatory democracy Participatory democracy is a process emphasizing the broad participation (decision making) of constituents in the direction and operation of political systems. While etymological roots imply that any democracy would rely on the participation of its citizens (the Greek demos , not top-down hierarchy. "I don't think it will make any difference at all - it's not a panacea Some antidote or remedy that completely solves a problem. Most so-called panaceas in this industry, if they survive at all, wind up sitting alongside and working with the products they were supposed to replace.  which will change party fortunes. Not once has anyone ever said to me 'why don't you have a leader'?"

Ms Kemp said the change would in any case be deceptive de·cep·tive  
adj.
Deceptive or tending to deceive.



de·ceptive·ness n.
 because it would merely change the title of the speaker, without giving him or her the power to make decisions and set party policy.

Ballot papers ballot paper
Noun

a paper used for voting

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ballot paper nbulletin m de vote 
 have been sent to about 7,000 Green members and must be returned by the end of the month.
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