I fear the Liberal Democrats are destined to make the same mistake as Labour. Well, a minority in our party; mainly Vince Cable.
I’m worried by the Yes! campaign for AV; all the rhetoric is quite, potentially, catastrophic. Activists are assuming the population are automatically progressive and reformists. We’ve assumed ‘yes’ victory will be the obvious outcome, regardless of what the voting population might conclude on the day.
Peter Hain has once again been dipping poison into Ed Miliband’s ear because one keeps hearing the phrase ‘progressive majority’ entering the press (again). I have to ask: what majority?
Based on trends, voting patterns and stances once certain issues, Britain is far from a progressive country; after all, only 9% of Liberal Democrats were strongly against banning the Burkha in a recent opinion poll. Labour voters are more aligned to social conservatism than anything remotely left liberal or progressive. And it would be hilarious to assume the Conservative and Unionist party were even progressive.
We are anti-Europe, sceptical towards immigration, hostile to Islam, Monarchists, and far from liberal on issues on the legalisation of drugs or prostitution. And nor is there a slight majority who are sympathetic towards social justice – we’d rather leave it to charity, not government.
‘Progressive majority’ is a false concept clouded in the belief that the majority of voters despise the Tories with a burning passion and the country is naturally center left. Again, this is far from the truth. Britain is not connected to any ideology, which one group could claim a ‘majority.’
The reason I wrote this brief blog post because of the new alarming reason for supporting the Yes! campaign for the Alternative Vote. Vince Cable said we should adopt it to “keep the Tories out”….really Vince. We are meant to be preaching new politics….tut tut