I think we all need some time off the Green Party row but I thought this was an intelligent comment, saw it on the Guardian and I think it puts things in context, hopefully the party can move on, this kind of stuff happily is rare.
Hugh, Mark Hill isn't just 'a busy activist', he was until this week employed as a contractor by the party to co-ordinate our freepost scheme (the leaflets Royal mail deliver for us in national elections). For a contractor to abuse their position and go around smearing one of the candidates for an internal election is unacceptable, unprofessional and I think unprecedented within the Green Party. I understand he has now broken his contract and the Green Party will be looking to appoint a new contractor. Given that he ran the whole freepost scheme like his own personal fiefdom, being obstructive in his engagement with members of the elected executive, I don't think this is entirely a bad thing.
I'm afraid what we have here is a classic case of a few male egos putting their own personal agendas ahead of the wider interests of the Green Party. The level of nastiness, smears and downright misinformation that has been spread about Tracy in this internal election is horrendous, and it's a shame you chose to publicise it. She worked flat out over the past year, on a voluntary basis, to deliver an impressive European Election campaign on a shoestring budget, including a party election broadcast that the Guardian said was the best of the bunch. While we didn't make the breakthroughs we'd hoped for in Eastern and North West regions in the Euros, we held our existing seats in London and the South-East and saw a 44% increase in our vote share across the country, with 1.4 million people voting Green.
However let's be clear - there isn't a massive schism in the party, just a few disgruntled voices with over-active blogging and twittering habits. It will blow over, and we'll all get back to focussing on the task in hand - to make a breakthrough at the next general election and get our first Green MPs elected. I'm very much hoping that it will be with Tracy at the helm of our media oeprations, but that's for the membership to decide.
A disappointed Green Party activist