It's the first time I've been out canvassing this election and it was really striking how the tide seems to have turned towards the Greens. This is due in no small part to all Caroline's excellent hard work as a councillor, and I'm sure we've been helped by (at last) getting some decent coverage in the leader debates.
Sure, we still met people who were planning to vote Labour - always have, always will, but even they were strikingly friendly and positive towards the Greens. Many were apologetic about the fact they were planning to vote Labour.
And we met so many people who were undecided between Labour and the Greens, or who had decided to vote Green having voted Labour all their lives.
One man told me he stopped voting Labour and started voting Green when the "son of Thatcher" came into office. He meant, of course, Tony Blair.
But many were much more recent converts. One man who was planning to vote Green for the first time said "for me, Ed Miliband lost it in the TV debate last night with his attitude to the SNP". Over and over again, voters told us they couldn't believe a Labour leader would rather have David Cameron in number 10, wreaking more destruction on the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable, than do a deal with the SNP.
And we met so many people who were voting Green with huge enthusiasm. Everywhere we went there were Green Party posters up (see pics below) - sometimes in the upstairs windows where teenage kids were voting Green even though their parents were sticking with one of the 'grey' parties.
The tide is really turning. People are coming to the Greens as a fresh, positive alternative. The peaceful political revolution starts here!
|This lady was going out so she stuck the Green Party poster on the *outside* of her front door!|
|We gave this voter a poster and she propped it up in the window straight away.|
|This voter went one better and had *four* posters up in her window including Caroline's election leaflet.|