The thought of the Conservative Party winning the 2020 election is too grim a prospect to consider but consider it we must. Imagine another five years of austerity cuts with two percent of the country getting wealthy whilst ninety-eight percent grow ever poorer. It really is a no brainer.
To initiate a truly progressive alliance, to engage again in grassroots democracy, not only should Labour be giving serious thought to this proposition as first voiced during the televised debate last May, they should also start offering Shadow Cabinet posts to those outside their party. Caroline Lucas would make a superb Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary.
This Caroline Lucas quote from the Huffington Post - “How do we break this electoral logjam that we have with this archaic voting system that doesn’t properly reflect what people want and not forgetting the Government only has a majority of 12, and that’s not that much. If you could identify even a couple of dozen seats where perhaps there could be some kind of discussion.”
The reductive manner in which male members (and I mean that phrase in every layer of meaning) conduct politics as though it were a tribal, chest thumping event, is appalling. Where is the intelligence in that? A progressive Alliance makes perfect sense after all only thirty percent of the British voted Conservative.
Defeating the Conservatives must be the ultimate aim of any progressively minded party. Exclusivity favors the few whilst inclusivity the many. The few would maintain the status quo; the few would abolish it. Only by a progressive alliance can we hope in replacing an unfair society with equity.
“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” - ― Rob Siltanen
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