We started thinking that a grand alliance should be considered, alongside pacts, progressive alliances, informal tactical voting and improvements to opposition party performance to ensure the UK doesn’t have a Tory government in perpetuity, or near enough in perpetuity, and degenerate into a right-wing, one-party failed state. We approached academics, journalists, politicians, and pressure groups, and wrote to newspapers, but got little or no response from any of those groups who control access to the debate. We can only speculate as to why no one was receptive to the idea of a grand alliance. Either their own ideas about how to beat the Tories are too fixed, or they underestimate the full scale of the threat to democracy that the Tories pose. Some may even feel too invested in the extensive anti-Tory ‘impotent moaning’ industry to actually want to change things at all.
We are not journalists, politicians, political scientists or members of pressure groups, and so cannot contribute to this debate on our own account. Nor do we have funds to support communicating these ideas to others. So we decided instead to focus on developing the arguments for a grand alliance to clarify our thinking and make the best case we could, then put the argument into the public domain in these webpages. Having now completed the website and our arguments, we now believe a grand alliance is the surest way not only of avoiding a Tory government in perpetuity, but also of saving UK democracy itself.
We have tried to avoid expressing any preferences concerning policy, focusing instead on matters of how UK governments are elected to best reflect the choices of the electorate, and to best serve the population’s interests.
We have set out the ideas as clearly and as comprehensively as we are able. Because it has to be for others to promote these ideas further and/or modify them as they see fit, we are not offering any comment or discussion facility. However, we have provided an email address should anyone wish to contact us.