2016 elections: Labour needs to build a progressive alliance and adopt a new far-sighted narrative
This is an email about a new blog post on Ephems, at http://www.barder.com/4623, “2016 elections: Labour needs to build a progressive alliance and adopt a new far-sighted narrative”. I argue that Labour needs to learn two hard lessons from its awful local election results last week: first, the reality that there’s no hope of Labour alone winning an overall majority at the next general election in 2020 (or earlier), so the only hope of ousting the present reactionary and incompetent Conservative government is a Labour-led alliance of the progressive parties that will support a minority Labour government carrying out an agreed progressive programme; and secondly, the need for Labour to strike out in a new radical direction by committing to a long-term objective of full internal self-government for each of the four UK nations, including a separate government and parliament for England, within a fully federal United Kingdom. My blog post expands the arguments for both these propositions, answering some of the commonest objections to them.
For the full text of the blog post, and to read other people’s comments on it, go to http://www.barder.com/4623, writing any comments, pro or anti, at the bottom of that blog post, not please in reply to this round-robin email. There’s a special welcome for comments that spell out the reasons for disagreement rather than just shouting “Rubbish!”, or the more vehement equivalents. Comments on the personality and intellectual shortcomings of the writer of the post will be disallowed. Otherwise, pretty well anything goes.
Greetings from a perfect hot summer’s day in Earlsfield, Wandsworth, birthplace of London’s new Mayor, the Rt Hon Sadiq Khan, elected by a record 1.3 million Londoners and still, for the time being, also our much prized MP for the London constituency of Tooting. Bravo, Sadiq!
8 May 2016