Starting a new political party

In Uncategorized on 04/11/2017 at 7:53 am

In S’pore, it’s easy to register a political party even if the office bearers are a bunch of clowns. Juz ask Goh Meng Seng and friends.

But what then?

I’ll use extracts from a BBC article referencing the UK on how difficult it is for a new party to get traction and that the only way to get traction is something that Harry cleverly blocked

New political parties have a remarkably high failure rate in the UK. They almost never succeed – but are things different now?

The success of new French President Emmanuel Macron, who created a liberal pro-European party of government, En Marche, from scratch in less than two years, has made some people wonder if it could happen in the UK.

Conventional wisdom says a fresh face could never rise so rapidly to the top – the first-past-the-post electoral system is biased in favour of the existing “big two” parties, the argument goes.

But politics is more fast-moving and fluid than it has ever been and there appears, to some at least, to be a gap in the market.


It is not all doom – small parties can and do break through on to the national stage in the UK. The public are willing to give them a hearing in a way that they never did in the past – witness the seven-way debates at election time and the extraordinary rise of the SNP.

But the ones that succeed tend to be born in the angry margins, speaking up for voters who feel their views are being ignored by the mainstream.

But a centralist new party? Forget it because

The “centre ground” tends to be the preserve of political insiders, who can come with a lot of unhelpful baggage.

OK Macron did it but he’s also a 39 yr old guy with a 60-something mother wife

There’s a way

if you have ambitions of running the country, but launching a new party with the same old, tarnished Westminster faces is likely to turn voters off, then what exactly would it take?

“You would need at least 100 or so MPs,” and it would need to be a “spectacular” and game-changing coup, says Prof Tim Bale.

“It would need to be exciting enough – and big enough and sexy enough – to convince people.”

A charismatic leader, without too much baggage (sorry, Tony) is a must.

And timing would be everything. If the launch is too far from the next general election, the shine could come off and the whole enterprise come crashing to the ground before anyone gets a chance to vote for it, says Prof Bale.

But it can’t be done here. A law of Harry’s is that MPs cannot switch parties. They got to resign their seats.

Truly the 9th Immortal 


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