What is the Progressive Alliance?

Neal Lawson

Thursday, 02 November 2017

So there we were, some months ago, busy thinking about the progressive alliance and worrying that three years wouldn’t be enough to build it, when Theresa May called an election she said she wouldn’t call – and suddenly it was all hands to the pump to help stop a Tory landslide. Which – amazingly  – we helped to do!

Screenshot_2017-11-01_17.42.20.pngBy calling for and facilitating electoral Progressive Alliances, Compass helped get scores of good MPs elected. It could have been much better if all progressive parties had worked together. Next time they must. But not just to beat the Tories – but to build a very different kind of society: a Good Society.

For us, the Progressive Alliance was never just a quick electoral fix. Instead, it was always about deep alliances of ideas, parties, groups and people to really transform our society.

So now we start to lay the deep foundations of alliance-based politics that can deal with the big problems we face and the big solutions we need.

Sue Goss’ short, clear and readable paper explains what we mean by the Progressive Alliance. You can read it here.

Please share your thoughts below.

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  1. Posted by Richard Fletcher

    I’m dismayed the Progressive Alliance has taken a neutral position on BREXIT, the defining issue of the age. BREXIT should be opposed by every pore of the Progressive Alliance, not sitting on the fence, aiding and abetting the Tory Ultras

  2. Posted by Gerard Stewart

    Sustainable development i.e. protecting and enhancing the environment on which we depend for food, materials, clean air ….. must be at the core of any progressive alliance agenda.

  3. Posted by John Littler

    After decades of predominant Tory governments ending with the clapped out and UKIP clothes wearing version we have now, other centre and left parties need to work together to get them out and get a sensible position on accommodating Europe properly.
    There is some reluctance for Corbyn and many Labour people to countenance a progressive alliance, but they are quite willing to put a rainbow of parties together to govern after an election, so given that, why not fully admit that and properly work together before an election and ensure the Tories are out, then put in PR voting and end these endless Tory governments based on a minority of votes.

  4. Posted by Simon Cross

    I think it is time you stopped with this blatant attempt to get true activists and Green Party supporters to switch to the Labour Party. I neither like nor trust Corbyn and I feel that, after the Green Party threw away half it’s support and the potential funding that 1.2 million votes brings to support an alliance which Corbyn and Momentum have no interest in ever supporting I am now further from Labour than I will ever be. I find it dificult to believe that the Green Party has been so naive as to allow such a blatant Labour organ as Compass to cause this kind of destruction after the progress made under the leadership of Natalie Bennett. Labour is a dinosaur and certainly not progressive and I have serious issues with it’s councils up and down the country from the PFI tree vandalism contract in Sheffield right through to the HDV in Harringey and only today heard that Islington Council have attempted to sideline Green Councillor Caroline Russell from most decision making. After the sheer lack of any meaningful support in the parliamentary debate on Monday I can assure you I will remain Green and do everything I can to ensure we do not fall for this three card trick again. Corbyn totally misses the point when he routinely and publicly states ‘I wil not work with other parties, I am in this for a Labour victory and nothing else’ that had he not been so arrogant and had we already got PR he would be PM now. I think you would be better advised assisting the fractured Labour Party dividing into smaller and coherent groups and then possibly looking to supporting broader coalitions of the left. While the cult of Corbyn and undue Momentum influence within Labour prevail I think you can forget anything progressive from a party which, along with the Tories is about as regressive as possible in it’s desire to cling on for dear life to FPTP.

  5. Posted by Peter Robertson

    Impressed by Sue’s clear and concise paper although still not sure what the Alliance might do should the Tories ever be defeated. A good starting point for change in politics might be to get away from the obsession that it is only London that matters so disappointed the first gathering is in London