A Progressive Alliance
Given the understandable splits in the left over core issues of principle – Trident, immigration, Blair’s guilt or otherwise – the only way we can avoid perpetual Tory rule is to form a Progressive Alliance for voting reform. To be clear, a Progressive Alliance would be an electoral alliance, only to implement Fair Votes.
With a sensible voting system, there would be room for two Labour parties as well as the Greens and the LibDems. Or for a single Labour Party in which we get to choose which candidate – Corbynista or Blairite – we prefer.
If we had Fair Votes, we wouldn’t need a Progressive Alliance; so
When we get Fair Votes, the Progressive Alliance should be disbanded.
Organised Tactical Voting: How the Progressive Alliance would Work
Every candidate seeking endorsement from the Progressive Alliance would:
- Commit to the key policies and in particular, voting reform;
- Agree to stand down for the current election in favour of the Alliance candidate with the best chance of beating the Tories and
- actively campaign for whichever Progressive Alliance candidate was selected for the constituency in question;
The Alliance would use constituency-level polling and demographic data to select the party and the candidate with the best chance of beating the Tories. The full resources of every party in the Alliance would be focused on getting that one candidate elected, so that after the General Election the Progressive Alliance would have a majority in Parliament, enact the key reform bills and call a fresh General Election under the new system.
Core Manifesto for a Progressive Alliance
We understand that while we agree on the overall objectives of the progressive left – more social and economic justice, less inequality, a swift end to cruel and divisive Tory rule – there is also much that divides us: on Trident, on immigration, on the economic policies to achieve our goals, on military interventions past and future and who should be held responsible for them.
But we have far more in common than that which divides us
Our first-past-the-post voting system does not readily permit nuanced democratic choice, but Fair Votes will give voters the power to choose both between the parties and between candidates within the parties.
Once we have enacted our constitutional reforms, we will therefore disband the Progressive Alliance and call new elections under the new system.
Direct Elections for Prime Minister
Fair Votes for the Legislature
More Power to the Nations and Regions
An all-elected second chamber as a senate of the Nations and Regions
- Negotiate the best deal given the circumstances, followed by
- A referendum on the terms
- A commitment to social and economic justice especially in housing and employment
- Reducing inequality
- Protecting the planet for future generations
- Evidence over ideology in policy-making