Congratulations to our colleagues in New Zealand who took 11% of the vote in the national elections, coming third with their highest ever vote and upping their representation to thirteen MPs, again the highest-ever.
In an election where the right-wing National Party came out on top, the Greens stood on three clearly progressive priorities – to lift 100,000 children out of poverty, to create huge numbers of green jobs in housing and energy; and to clean up the country’s rivers and lakes.
In 1972 the New Zealand Greens were the first Green Party anywhere in the world so have a special place for Greens across the planet, no more so than in Scotland with, of course, bonds of kinship to the other side of the world. Almost forty years on, our sister party is still setting an example for us all to follow. I am sure that we, in the Scottish Greens, will want to digest the results and learn our own lessons.
But for the time being, let’s toast an excellent result!