It's time for the Greens and Lib Dems to collaborate to change the system - and stop Brexit
PUBLISHED: 12:58 17 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:58 17 June 2019
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ALAN HAUSER says an electoral alliance is a price worth paying to stop Nigel Farage.
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It may be satisfying to add up the Remain parties' votes to prove we are in the majority but it will be completely useless if Farage becomes PM with 30% of the vote in an accidental general election. The Tories, Labour, Lib Dems and resurgent Greens would average 17.5%.
Prime minister Farage may seem fanciful but there was a time when Donald Trump as president was a ridiculous thought. It could happen here.
All the old-school parties are myopic and self-obsessed. So it may be difficult to achieve what is desperately needed - an electoral alliance between the Lib Dems and Greens.
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Their leaders and supporters will have to make several leaps of faith and concessions. But the huge benefits are not only to stop Brexit, but also to introduce a PR electoral system - in both parties' long-term interests and a first step for this fractured nation to heal. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to consolidate the tactical vote.
Parties working collaboratively together to achieve common aims is the European way. Please can they start now over here? This is an emergency!
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