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Why are Labour not getting as much shit about Richmond Park as the LibDems are getting about Canterbury?
I agree that appointing a candidate after Tim Walker stood down is a wankish thing to do. But even before he stood down, Labour weren’t getting even a small fraction of the relentless grief for splitting the Remain vote in Richmond Park as the LibDems were getting for Canterbury
Hypothesis: anti-LibDem onslaught being amplified by tribalists (to maintain Labour as incumbent beneficiaries of two-party politics under FPTP) who have identified this as a wedge that will split off voters whose priority is anti-Brexit but who don’t have strong party loyalty
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Thread: Why are Lib Dems stuck on 7-8% when both Labour & Tories so poor/extreme atm? Easy: under FPTP, vote often counts more if used negatively. 1/
You might be a natural supporter of Lib Dems or Greens or whoever- but know they have little chance of getting elected in yr constituency. 2/
So if you can’t get the MP or the govt you want, what do you do with your vote if you want to have some kind of impact? 3/
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