Wednesday, 13 July 2016

The Guardian: This post-Brexit chaos could consign Labour and the Tories to history

The Guardian: This post-Brexit chaos could consign Labour and the Tories to history

by Lucy Webster

"Both of our major parties should get it over with and split. Perhaps each will form two splinter groups: one moderate and one extreme. This would leave us in the new position of having four semi-major parties to choose from, and could perhaps usher in a new era of coalition government. People may even – at a stretch – feel better about democracy when they can cast votes for parties which more accurately reflect their views.

Another possibility looms, although it has perhaps become less likely with Theresa May’s victory over Andrea Leadsom. That is for the moderate wings of each existing party to band together, sweeping up the remnants of the Liberal Democrats, and form, if not a party, a modernist coalition – a broader SDP, if you will. As we leave the EU and become vulnerable to extremist views, this seems the preferable option if the new group can provide a buffer against such nastiness. Leaving the remains of the Labour and Tory parties to make the case for isolationism and radical economic views, this coalition could be the voice of progressivism and moderation. In the current climate, this is exactly what the country needs – although it is far from guaranteed to get it."

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