Blairites, Lib Dems, Greens and Corbynistas together: Why a progressive alliance is the only way to stop the Tories

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At a time when the political left in the Anglo-Saxon world appears to be in complete and utter disarray, now is the time for progressive members of our society to put their differences aside and unite under the objective of stopping a Conservative landslide. Just as hard leftist Yanis Varoufakis encouraged the Mélenchon-supporting French left to vote for liberal centrist Emmanuel Macron to stop a bigoted, dangerous leader from taking power, Britons from across the left half of the political spectrum should cooperate to prevent Theresa May from further strengthening her mandate for a hard Brexit-supporting, closed-minded Tory government.

Theresa May was most certainly cunning in calling a snap general election; not only was her Conservative government polling a good 17.8 percentage points above the main opposition party Labour at the time, but she herself was (and still is) viewed as the most popular politician by the public, with a 37 point lead on approval ratings compared to Labour's Jeremy Corbyn. On top of her control of the Conservative party, May called the snap election at a time when Labour appeared to be in even more turmoil than usual since Jeremy Corbyn became leader, with the party confused on its stance on Brexit. However, since Theresa May's decision to call a snap election, the Conservatives' lead over Labour in opinions polls has halved and now is the time for the progressives of Britain to unite in defeating the prospects of at the very least five more years of socially regressive Tory policies.

Despite an appallingly low voter turnout hovering between 20 and 30% between councils, the progressive share of the vote, namely that between Tim Farron’s staunchly pro-EU centre-left Liberal Democrats, and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour, was a highly optimistic 45% as opposed to the Conservatives’s 38%. Whilst both the uncompromising hardline leftist Corbynistas and equally stubborn right-leaning Lib Dems may wish to have nothing to do with one another and point out, what would in any previous election have been a very valid point, that they belong to two different political parties with different stances, particularly on the economy, they must surely recognise how many worlds closer they are to one another than either is to Theresa May’s cold, cruel and cuts-oriented Conservative party.

It is in a small, bizarre, yet ever more common set of elections that the progressives of a nation must put aside their less relevant differences and unite against a far more damaging right-wing regime. In the 2017 French presidential elections (whilst admittedly the electoral system differs greatly from the British one), progressives who had previously backed candidates as different from pro-EU independent centrist Macron as the hard left eurosceptic Jean-Luc Mélenchon, joined forces in the second round of voting to ensure that a socially regressive, Islamophobic right-winger didn't get into power. Now is the time for the progressive Britons who do not want to see damaging cuts to our NHS, or the reintroduction of regressive grammar schools, or God-forbid the legalisation of fox hunting to join hands in a Progressive Alliance and stand for openness, tolerance, and a fairer Britain for all and vote for whichever progressive party is most likely to win in their constituency.

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