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GLA Elections by Peter Krakowiak (GP candidate for Enfield & Haringey)

The 2012 elections matter for us Greens in two ways.

The first is the inherent significance of a public authority with a budget larger than that of many nation states. The Mayor has a wide range of powers and the job is one of the most visible political jobs in the UK. But the mayor is a party politician and a 'celebrity'. The Assembly exists as a democratic counterweight - a restraint on excessive personal and party enthusiasms. With Boris proposing a lunatic airport scheme we need more Green LA members.

The second is the opportunity the elections give us to sell the proven track record of our two Green Assembly members. This track record shows that electing us can make a difference. And it has been really gratifying, when responding to the wasted vote argument on the doorstep, to persuade someone to give their party list vote to the Greens when they realize that PR is used.

Our campaign theme: "An Affordable London", is hugely significant at a time when social inequality is approaching near-Dickensian levels. None of the main political parties has clean hands on this. None resisted the excesses of the City and all would introduce swingeing cuts. That leaves us with the opportunity to fill the huge vacuum they have left.

The votes are out there. We need to get them. So if you have any spare time to come leafleting and canvassing in the run up to May, please get in touch by e-mail: peterkrakowiak2000@yahoo.com or mobile: 07779 268 488.

First published in the EGP members newsletter, December 2011

Published and promoted by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13 4AJ