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We want Cross Party Activism, we want Progressivism

The true magnetism of Progressivism is not that it is the only way we will see a Progressive Government within the next decade. Neither is it because it is the only way we will ever see the adoption of a truly representative electoral system. The divisions created by progressive parties are arbitrary, they cast friend as foe and it no longer makes any sense to allow this to continue.

At its core, Progressivism is cross party work on the issues that matter. Members of Labour, Green and Liberal Parties want to work together on nationalisation of rail, staying in the EU and creating a progressive taxation system.

We realise that for Progressives to make an impact on the most important issues, we have to pool our efforts. To not promote cross party work, because of the colour of a rosette, is absurd.

In no other sector other than politics, would such dogmatism survive as mainstream opinion. In the face of this Progressives need to start publicly working together. Where there is a stall against triggering article 50, members of all three parties should be there, working together and making sure not to duplicate efforts. Rather than having three meetings for three sets of party members on nationalising the railways, there should be one.

This approach can intellectually strengthen Progressive parties, forcing them to approach new arguments and come up with new solutions. Instead of being shut off from people with similar views in other progressive parties, supporters of Progressivism want to engage with the merits and demerits of their arguments.

By working together, not only can Progressives have a improved quality of discussion, they will also have a greater quantity of discussions with ordinary voters. By pooling efforts on a practical level we can engage with more people and no longer duplicate our work. This can create a virtuous circle; as more people share their own experiences, the richness of our debate and ideas improves.

 

Robbie Hirst