How to vote on Thursday: a minority Labour government would be the best outcome
This email is a notification of a new post on my Ephems blog, “How to vote on Thursday: a minority Labour government would be the best outcome“, which discusses the voting options for those of us who habitually vote Labour, are opposed to Brexit and especially to Mrs May’s hard Brexit, but who are sceptical about Jeremy Corbyn’s ambiguous Brexit policies and about his ability to lead and manage an effective government, given his record in trying to lead and manage the parliamentary Labour party in opposition. My conclusion is that the most desirable, although unlikely, outcome of the election would be a minority Labour government, whose possible excesses and indiscipline would be constrained by the necessity of retaining the broad support of the other centre-left parties in order to remain in office. The post suggests other benefits that minority government might confer.
The post argues that to maximise the chances of such an outcome, those who agree should vote Labour or else for the candidate in each constituency with the best chance of beating the Conservative.
The post then examines the mechanics of forming a minority Labour government in a hung parliament and stresses the need for a clear understanding with the other centre-left parties about the circumstances in which they would support it — an extremely urgent need if talks about such an understanding have not yet taken place.
To read the new post and any comments on it, please visit http://www.barder.com/how-to-vote-on-thursday-a-minority-labour-government-would-be-the-best-outcome/. Please write any supportive or critical comments on it there, so that others can join the debate, and not in reply to this email.
Best wishes from a muggy south London for a good result on Thursday
2 June 2017