Is it a waste of time to campaign for a #ProgressiveAlliance #DemocraticAlliance?

There are multiple hurdles, including:

*and NB please add, as I want to hear about any I've omitted.

- The continuing conviction of some libdems/some Labour that they can win an absolute majority (aka #SwinsonSyndrome or #CorbynComplex)
*They can't. This is the decision now: keep shouting in the wilderness or gain power with others who share your values if not your policies.
- Division in @UKLabour party, both between centre/left, & ideologues/realists.

*Both debates are frequently prioritised higher than any push to get power.
Power is the only way to forge change and having the - well, power- to implement policy.
Isn't power what it's about?
- Machismo about the apparent 'weakness' of cooperating with other parties.

- Deep distrust of other parties

- Looking backwards to old grudges rather taking the learning from old disputes and moving forwards

*You learn from the past & beat bullies by standing together

- A unilateral rather than cooperative approach to an alliance, namely demanding others should stand aside when you might win, but refusing to stand aside for others when they can.

*How many times have we all seen that?

Alliances must be like any decent arrangement in every day life where people willingly reach agreement because they can see a personal/party benefit.
They give up something to the other party in exchange for something they want that they get in return.

- Ignoring the role (and votes) of natural #Conservatives who are crying out for a political home. They share few values with this iteration of the Conservative party and are frankly horrified by the direction of travel.

*An alliance must be inclusive.
- Subtle differences in what might work in each constituency.

*Oh, this is a big one! One size will never fit all, and local sensitivities, trends and patterns must be respected and accommodated.

- The mistaken belief that #tacticalvoting is same as progressive alliance.

*It's not! TV means voters take responsibility. It's a diffuse, disparate approach. Party leaders with similar values forging an alliance is much more powerful & likely to succeed much more widely. (9)
-Taking choice away from voters.

*I don't think it does. A moment's choice in the voting booth, with oppo parties splitting the vote, leads to many more years of no choice, for the progressive majority of the population, under the #Tories.

Which would we all prefer?

That's my list.

None of these is insurmountable. None of these is a deal breaker. None of these is worth risking power for. Not one justifies indefinite Conservative rule.

Please @Keir_Starmer @EdwardJDavey @sianberry @jon_bartley don't let any of the above hold you back

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26 Nov 19
#TacticalVoting. A thread.

I ‘m not sure people ‘get’ tactical voting. In principle we understand the idea of not voting for our first choice in order to influence the parliamentary maths.
But we are still drawn, magnetically, emotionally or tribally, to the person or party we would like to win without objectively assessing whether that person actually has a chance.
This is not a #referendum. If the person you vote for does not win, you are left with nothing. (3)
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