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Indulge me in this thread about what I've heard someone call "a brilliant week for the EU" (in terms of its policy response, not in a wider sense of course - the past week has been a disaster for all of us, not just #Ukraine).
As someone who has spent my career working in EU foreign policy, I do find it tremendously heartening to see us win praise for getting it largely right, acting quickly and decisively. This is why I joined - to see the EU use its weight to defend our values from bullies.
And from where I sit it is rather stunning to see us deliver a truly punchy sanctions package, and mobilise EU funding to deliver arms - even fighter planes - to our friends to help them defend themselves.
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What Friday nights are all about! @FairVoteCanada 20th anniversary conference opens, featuring a panel with @judyrebick @acoyne @ElizabethMay and Hugh Segal. Excited for this discussion of #ElectoralReform! I will post key points. ๐Ÿ˜Šโ€ฆ
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Coyne: Electoral reform "defeats" in Canada aren't really defends, but examples of the extreme lengths opponents of #PR will go to stop it. e.g. Most BC voters backed PR, but the government refused to implement it. Same thing happened on PEI.
Coyne: Trudeau and Legault governments noted for their flip-flops and broken promises on electoral reform. A setback, but we still need to work hard on this important issue. The necessity remains. Clear problems with #FirstPastThePost. False majorities, false results, etc.
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What is a #ProgressiveAlliance ? It is the strategic answer to the meta-threat the people who have stolen the #Conservative party present to our democracy. To the freedom, power and solidarity we need to pursue all other progressive policy objectives.
There may be other strategies - such as tactical voting. But these put too great a burden on the voter. And gets the parties off the hook - they don't need to do anything. The parties must take back responsibility. They must serve their core public purpose of giving us voice.
It is not fair to keep asking the voter to shoulder the risks of perpetually losing parties. The task of the voter (especially under #FPTP) needs to be made easier with a binary choice - and it is the job of the opposing parties to provide one.
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If you were a remainer like me, the best thing you can do for your country now is to demand an #Alliance24 between progressive parties.

Populism is here to stay. Lies are here to stay. We can't go on like this.

We have to fight the next election with one candidate per seat.
Caroline is right. But the Green Party will never win power on its own and under #FPTP its representation is all-but-destroyed.


Ed is right. But Libdems will never win power on its own and under #FPTP its representation is hugely diminished.

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As support for #Brexit drains away, the 52% support withered to just 32% and falling, the country's finances short by ยฃ130 billion (before #COVID19), and with a #NorthKoreaBrexit looming that bears no relation to what #VoteLeave sold...

Got a feeling #RejoinEU is going to trend.
Don't get me wrong. We have massive domestic problems to address first, and frankly, we won't win #FPTP without a historic alliance, and selling that is hard. (Do help though!).

But imagine being a #Brexiter today. Their win looks more and more like when a country loses a war.
On the day that the #VoteLeave regime set the clock ticking to the most damaging form of Brexit in January, resolve to lay the foundation for a better future:

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Reminder to ALL:

1) ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง will continue its descent into corruption, failure, misery & poverty under #EndlessToryRule.

2) Our ONLY way out is to build a broad-church coalition opposition capable of winning #FPTP at the next election.

If you're not for (2), you're for (1). End of.
Today it's the mismanagement of #Covid19. Tomorrow it will be #NoDealBrexit. The next day it'll be #JudiciaryAttacks. The next will be #ContractsForToryDonors.... It will never end unless the *majority* who have always been against this start to work together.


Left wing labour versus 'Centrist' Labour. SHUT UP and work together.

Labour versus LibDems: MERGE or COALITION.

Swallow your differences. Swallow your pride. See the bigger picture.

WORK TOGETHER. Or there's literally no point to any of you.
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Have you heard of #Hotellingโ€™s Law? In a two party system, it says that you get most votes by minimising the political distance between the parties. Itโ€™s worked well in the past, but itโ€™s about to bring an end to both #Labour and the #Tory party. 1/nโ€ฆ
Hotellingโ€™s law worked really well for Tony #Blair. #Thatcher had moved the Tory party to the right, so #NewLabour had an opportunity to increase its vote share by also moving rightwards. 2/n
Politics had shifted. Both parties held broadly similar policies. Blairโ€™s political stance, although to the left of Thatcherโ€™s, was much further right than any Labour leader previously (or since). Labour was able to capture ground that the Tories had left unguarded. 3/n
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Okay, in the wake of the #prorep #FPTP vote, here's our exit poll of voters, canvassing their motivations:โ€ฆ
Some reflections on the referendum coming, follow along..
1) The result is a massive relief to the @bcliberals. They can also claim a very legitimate "win" in this campaign. Look at how solidly past BC lib votes stuck together on #FPTP Image
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Fact: Leave broke campaign spending caps on a massive scale
Fact: Boris Johnson took Russian money
Fact: Donors would never donate if it wouldn't lead to more votes
Fact: Govt admits people didn't vote to get poorer
Fact: Govt assessments show people will get poorer
Fact: Leave's anti-EU lies were massive
Fact: stolen private data was used to find & profile voters
Fact: high-tech microtargeting was used to deliver lies
Fact: lies were spread shamelessly and left unchallenged on the BBC
Fact: any #Brexit now will be undemocratic
Fact: Leave donor Arron Banks is under police investigation
Fact: Banks & ERG chairman JRM have extensive Russian interests
Fact: Putin suffers under heavy EU/US pressure
Fact: Russia meddled in the US elections
Fact: for Trump & Brexit the same big data tech was used
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After the referendum May slammed the door in the face of the 48%. Then she locked the moderate leavers up in another room, and negotiated #Brexit with her own cabinet and the pure Brexit ideologues. Goodbye to reality and compromise. #BrexitShambles
In Norway PM Gro Harlem Brundtland, who had campaigned for #Norway to join EU, stayed on her post so that she could negotiate an outcome as many as possible could accept. She went for #compromise and managed to unite a split country. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
PS. Gro Harlem Brundtland made an international career after she left Norwegian politics. I donโ€™t agree with her politically, but she deserves respect. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
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