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Have you heard of #Hotelling’s Law? In a two party system, it says that you get most votes by minimising the political distance between the parties. It’s worked well in the past, but it’s about to bring an end to both #Labour and the #Tory party. 1/n
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Hotelling’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. Blair’s political stance, although to the left of Thatcher’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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Some people think #ProportionalRepresentation will result in government backroom deals - the kind we didn't vote for.

But that's no byproduct of #ProRep. I know that because we have that *now* with our #WinnerTakeAll voting system, although its mostly invisible.
I can provide a case study on the backroom deal I am *very* familiar with: the 2015 Liberal Electoral Reform promise.

I made a film to help Liberal friends get Resolution 31 (they wrote) adopted at the LPC policy Convention prior to the 2015 election.
As @BardishKW said, "In 2014 the Liberal Party voted overwhelmingly to endorse what has become our Electoral Plank."

LPC members voted *overwhelmingly* for the process.

Candidate @RajSainiMP explained how it would be done.
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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
#StopBrexit
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
#StopBrexit
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
#StopBrexit
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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. 🇳🇴
PS. Gro Harlem Brundtland made an international career after she left Norwegian politics. I don’t agree with her politically, but she deserves respect. 🇳🇴
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