Where now for progressive politics after election?

what choice is right?

Which way?

Friday 22nd May, 7:30pm, Unity House, Fennel Street, Loughborough

Ray Sutton will introduce the discussion with a survey of what is being talked about in the newspapers.

Can the Labour Party reinvent itself? Will the Lib Dems arise from the ashes? Has electoral reform come back on the agenda?

Can there ever be an alliance of progressive that could stand together in the face of the sort of relentless scaremongering campaign we have just fallen victim of?

Themes that have come up before in the Friday Room are still relevant:

Reframing the issues, for example, “The 99% versus the 1%” where “the 1% rule for the benefit of the 1%” and “Economic rules are controlled by the 1% to be in their favour”. This may be more acceptable for many because the words are simple and carry no baggage.

The 99% are developing a voice in the shape of the social media and online campaigns, such as 38 degrees. So far this voice is ephemeral and sometimes childish. Can this voice evolve to the point that it can challenge the 1%?

There are also economic developments like Crowd sourcing and peer to peer lending that enables economic action without depending on the 1%. This continues a rich history of the mutual societies and cooperatives.

Consumerism is an ideology that is counter to the values of compassion and respect, central to any vision of a better society and a foundation of all the great faiths. It is also addictive.

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2 Responses to Where now for progressive politics after election?

  1. John Barton says:

    Hello All,
    This afternoon I had an interesting discussion with my family about why we thought Labour (and the left) did so badly. We had at least 6 opinions between 4 of us:
    1. I thought that people didn’t trust Labour with the economy, to balance the budget.
    2. My brother thought that Labour had abandoned ordinary working people, and so they had turned to UKIP.
    [It is ironic that my brother is generally right-of centre and thought they failed on a left-wing issue whereas I am left-of-centre and thought they had failed on a traditionally right-wing issue!]
    3. People feared that a Labour-led coalition would be held hostage by, and dominated by the SNP, as depicted by the Tories’ poster campaign.
    4. People really want a referendum to leave Europe and so they turned to the Tories as the best hope of getting it.
    5. Labour had silly gimmicks for policy, like an energy price freeze, raising the minimum wage, and banning zero-hours contracts. These are good on the face of it but without any central government funding, they will raise prices elsewhere, bankrupt some businesses and drive manufacturing out of the UK in a globalised economy.
    6. Politicians who don’t live in the real world and have never done a job outside of the party apparatus or ‘Westminster Bubble’.
    Ouch!

    John Barton

    • stevecoltman says:

      Some truth in all of these points, the trick is to attribute the correct amount of weight to each of them. I suspect the SNP were a big factor but only professional polling will tell anyone the truth of the matter.

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