The leading Green Party blog, The Daily (Maybe) brings news that the Green Party has a new leader. Yes, that's one leader, not two. They have finally grown up and realised that co-leaders do not work.
The new leader is the very media friendly MEP Caroline Lucas. Her new deputy is the very able 26 year old Green councillor from Norwich, Adrian Ramsey, who is largely responsible for the fact that the Greens are now the second biggest group on Norwich City Council, and could conceivably take control in 2010.
It's very easy to deride the Green Party as an irrelevance now that all three main parties have signed up to an environmental agenda, but their role as a pressure group rather than a political party is still an important one. At the moment they are still able to retain a certain innocent idealism. If they actually take control of Norwich City Council it will be interesting to see if they are able to retain in while exercising political power. Lessons from other countries show that gaining power normally splits them right down the middle, with the more fundamentalist elements accusing the more practical ones of selling out.
Anyway, congratulations to Caroline and Adrian.