From Hartlepool to Habermas: resolving the Progessives’ Prisoner Dilemma

I, the undersigned, agree to abide by the following terms.

1) In the event that the Lib Dem candidate withdraws, and I go on to win the election, I will engage honestly in a process to establish a Progressive Citizen’s Assembly, drawn fairly and equitably from the membership and support network of progressive parties in the constituency*, which is tasked with selecting a candidate for the election after the one for which I am now the selected progressive candidate.

2) In the event that the Labour party is able to form a government at any point before the election after the one for which I am now the selected progressive candidate, I will promote and support legislation that introduces proportional representation to the national electoral system, recognizing that if such a system is introduced the commitments I make in this covenant then become null and void.

3) In the event that:

a) the Labour party is not able to form a government at any point before the election after the one for which I am now the selected progressive candidate, and that no shift to proportional representation is made at national level, and

b) in the event that the Progressive Citizen’s Assembly (established under term 1) finds that the Labour party is not their progressive party of choice to context the next election on behalf of an anti-Right coalition;

then I will abide by the decision of the Progressive Citizen’s Assembly.

Of course, the same would apply vice versa, and in adapted form in a multi-party situation

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Paul Cotterill

Paul Cotterill

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Secretary General, Habermasian Labour (UK). Indefatigably focused on the promotion of ethical discourse in the public sphere, except when there's cricket.