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National Green Party leader discusses politics with students

Green issues discussed in party leader’s visit to The King's School

The Kings School sixth form politics and geography students pictured with Natalie Bennett, the current leader of the Green Party

Sixth form politics and geography students at The King's School had the opportunity to discuss politics with a leading national political figure.

Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, visited the school to give a talk.

Ms Bennett spoke about the Green Party’s policies and initiatives and afterwards students had the opportunity to quiz her on a number of interesting topics, including fracking, immigration, and the public perception of the Green Party.

Ms Bennett also discussed issues of particular relevance to lower sixth politics students, including the First Past the Post voting system and whether UKIP poses a threat to the electoral chances of the Green Party.

Bennett also referred to Jeremy Paxman’s now infamous interview with Russell Brand, stating that while she could empathise with voter dissatisfaction or apathy, she rejected Brand’s argument that young people should abstain from voting. Citing the recent of example of 2012 Police and Crime Commissioner elections, which had the lowest voter turnout on record, Bennett argued that the only way for young people to change or influence the current political system is to participate and make their voices heard.

Reflecting on the visit, King’s upper sixth student Jessica Guest, 17, of Rossett, said she “really enjoyed Bennett’s talk” and that it prompted her to reflect on some of the issues she has been studying in A-level politics.

Lower sixth form student Callum Poppleton, 17, of Holywell, was also positive, saying Ms Bennett’s talk had “generated a good discussion among the group and helped to challenge the view that Westminster politics is all about the three main parties.”

History and politics teacher, Samantha Butler, said: “Ms Bennett’s visit was an ‘excellent opportunity for the students to engage in discussion with a leading political figure.

“Not only is Ms Bennett the leader of the Green Party, but she is the only female in British political history to have replaced another female leader of a political party.

“Natalie Bennett’s talk has helped to bring to life some of the issues we’ve been studying in class, as well as offering some fresh perspectives and I’m sure the talk will help to inform future class discussion.”

 

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