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The obstacle to the "electoral pact" idea is, of course, the Labour Party. Its very existence, and its historical claim to represent all progressives. This is consubstatial with the wretched one-round uninominal  constituency system, otherwise known as First Past the Post.

Simply put, Labour can not give an inch to such talk. Not a single Labour candidate will be stood down.

This is very unfortunate, obviously, in the present circumstance. All the more so because informal arrangements will not work : LibDem, Green or Plaid Cymru voters may well vote tactically, even if their parties stood candidates; the Labour base is much less likely to do so.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 10:09:25 AM EST
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