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Re: What if?

Postby Hairyloon » Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:01 pm

Meanwhile, back on the subject in OP, there is a relevant article in the Times.
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Re: What if?

Postby atticus » Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:35 pm

the article is hidden behind Mr Murdoch's paywall.
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Re: What if?

Postby Hairyloon » Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:47 pm

You can pay with a suitably made up email address if you want, but it is probably not that interesting.
I thought this as quite a good bit:
A new party would have to be more than a statement about Britain in Europe but the negotiations may well provide the crack to let the light in. The fissures in both parties and in their bodies of support simply cannot hold as Britain gets deeper into the process. Labour cannot stay vague for ever and clarity will annoy half its supporters. The long Conservative civil war is not settled yet. There is also every chance that the EU process inspires something bigger than a schism in either party, which is a sense that the politics of the country are a mess, that an uninspiring generation of politicians have made a mockery of a proud nation. Just across the water Paris will be bathed in sunlight with its shiny new president who had the courage to start a revolution and is now providing strong and stable government.

Imagine, in that maelstrom, there simply was a third force. Forget the problem of supply for a moment and try to gauge the demand. David Miliband comes back from New York to lead it. The party is staffed by experienced campaigners from all three of the main parties but, like En Marche!, attracts new people into politics. Its story is that it is a new and exciting force, not a Labour split. Instead of a busted Tory party under a third-choice leader, or a Labour manifesto that promises and costs the earth, the new party stands on a serious manifesto of equality and enterprise together.
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