Apparently is terribly Blue Meanie of the system to allow the Conservatives to be the one single hegemonic block on the right while the progressives are split between many parties:
Conservative votes are now so efficiently spread that it takes just 38,000 to elect a Tory MP but 51,000 votes for every Labour MP. But because of our first-past-the-post system it needs 336,000 for every Lib Dem MP and a ludicrous 866,000 to elect Caroline Lucas for Brighton Pavilion. It is why we need proportional representation, because this is sham democracy. The Tories even want to remove any kind of transfer-vote element from mayoral contests. To beat the Tories, we need to beat the system, and that means being smart about working together.
Meanwhile the rightwing parties have consolidated, after the Tories swallowed the Brexit party whole. But progressives remain split, competing for the same voters – we divide; they conquer.
And yet poll after poll shows there is a progressive majority. We need to shape and win that majority.
Hmm, an obvious and even simple answer does present itself:
Such negotiations are so much easier when more seats are in play. So ahead of the next election we owe it to progressive voters to offer easier choices by negotiating arrangements that increase the chances of progressive candidates winning, while also ensuring that all parties are more fairly represented at Westminster.
And as we move to a general election in the coming years , we all recognise that the Greens, worst hit by the electoral system, must be allowed the chance to win some seats if their rising votes are going to be used smartly. Underlying all this is the need for Labour to back proportional representation at its September conference.
Well, no, not really.
The answer is that the Greens and Labour and the Lib Dems and the Tankies and yea, even George Galloway, need to merge into the one monolithic bloc of progressives so as to present their vision to the country. In that manner the Tories do.
As to why this doesn’t happen that also has an easy answer. Without the multiplicity of parties then how would every tinpot fascist find their own molehill to piss on the polity from? There would only be the one leader of the one party after all……