It is difficult when the country won’t divide into two warring tribes. But, on the other hand, if you look at politics in the United States of America, perhaps not.
Without just two warring tribes and the associated bi-polar politics we (the UK) need to seriously consider multi-party politics and its implications. The fact that we have not really done so is part of the reason for the politics of the last five years generating so much heat and venom yet so little light and progress.
For the first and second parties in a multi-party system, the basic strategy is fairly easy and unchanged. You “campaign to win”.
If successful you either:
- with a following wind from the electoral system create a majority government (happy days), or,
- you form a minority government or a coalition – either of which is difficult – but is probably better than losing.
If you lose, you are spared the responsibility of governing and you are free to be chief critic – as long as you do not lose so badly that you cease to be the second party.
If you are not the first or second party, the situation is more difficult. Read more…