Every time there is a leadership election for the Lib Dems, the Green party gains members. Let's keep the traffic flowing in the right direction rather than having high profile and divisive contests for a figure built up and then knocked down by the media.
Disobedience not "followership" is a Green virtue. This is a point well made by radicals in other parties. Donnachadh McCarthy, environmental journalist and former deputy chair of the Lib Dems has argued:
"Over 600,000 people have died in Iraq because the Labour party has a unified leadership system that allowed their leader, almost single-handedly to drag the UK into an illegal war. My experience as Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats was that a single leadership allows big business to bypass the democratic structures of the party, thus no matter who we vote for, they are always in power. The Greens alone currently have a leadership system that prevents this. It is crucial they retain it for the sake of the wider body politic."
Leaders provide an easy target for manipulation by the corporations and often manipulate members to make their parties less radical, evoking short-term electoral gain. Votes for principles ultimately are a gamble that sacrifices both ethics and success.