It is probably not achievable in 2010, but why not aim to make Brighton the first Green city, with the first Green MP elected in Brighton Pavilion, followed by a Green MP in Brighton Kemptown and a Green Council in 2011?
With Caroline Lucas’ campaign going from strength to strength in Brighton Pavilion, is it possible that Ben Duncan could be swept along in her slipstream and produce the real shock locally by winning the other Brighton seat?
The double-baralled denying Simon Radford-Kirby is hardly setting the world on fire. His recent picture with a gaggle of Tory MP’s was excrutiating. In his thick pinstripe suit and impressive hairstyle, he resembled a spiv estate agent at the height of the property boom in the eighties and nineties. You could almost here him say “Loads of money ….!”. Why on earth should Labour voters switch to him?
Lovely Simon Burgess, like the impressive Nancy Platts, has been let down by his party, big time. Following his defeat in the local elections when riding high as Council leader, he has struggled to regain the enthusiasm that he once had and his campaign is limp and unlikely to be re-energised before May. Sadly I cannot see what value a Labour vote is in Kemptown.
So for anti-Tory voters, why not galvernise around Green Ben Duncan? If enough Labour and Lib Dems vote Green he might, just might, pull off the shock of the election.
The danger for the Greens, of course, is to try to go for it in both Brighton seats. A Party with ambition should not rule this out, but should also not spread itself too thinly, resulting in a double Tory victory.