1. I think we need to first define ‘opposition’. The problems facing @UKLabour are far more to do with existential structural factors rather than any one leader/policy, however they’re perceived. Changing the latter will not solve the former.
2. The Tories are fast becoming hegemonic. They’re also no longer the Tory party as we know but increasingly an English nationalist party. One that is south/south eastern centric and reactionary. This has implications for the acceleration of support for @theSNP & @Plaid_Cymru
3. Because of the nature of this Tory variant of English nationalism and political nationalist accelerations in Scotland & Wales - other regional movements like @FreeNorthNow or similar movements will grow as a result. Indeed they already are.
4. For @UKLabour to embrace #PR is not a silver bullet. It won’t even begin stop these post 2008/post brexit/declining empire political realignments. What it will do in the short run is make anti-Tory electoral pacts more workable.
5. But it will also need to ditch ‘labourism’- the notion only labour can enact progressive change from above. Instead it will need to accept working with others now & inthe future to finally enable transformative bottom-up change with democratic renewal at the heart of that prog

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