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May 7th, 2015

What if it’s a tie?

By 38 Degrees team

None of the parties are going to win this election – that’s what the opinion polls suggest. Can you help decide what 38 Degrees should do if this happens?

Rupert Murdoch and the other media barons have a clear agenda. They want to boost David Cameron and claim coalitions involving other parties would be “illegitimate”. But there are other options – if we could persuade parties like Labour, the SNP, the Greens and the Lib Dems to work together.

What do you think? If the election results made it possible, should 38 Degrees campaign for the other parties to work together as an alternative to David Cameron?

Yes    No    Don’t know

38 Degrees is independent of all political parties. We vote together to decide what issues to focus on. And whoever leads the next government, we’ll need to work hard to hold them to account. But it can make a difference who is in charge. A change of Prime Minister could mean more progress on the issues we most care about:

On the NHS: The coalition government brought in more NHS privatisation in England – but Labour and the Greens say they’d reverse that. Even the Lib Dems are now saying they’d repeal some of the 2012 NHS privatisation laws. And the SNP have promised to protect the NHS in Scotland from privatisation too.

On tax dodging: the SNP, Labour and the Greens have all pledged to close the Mayfair Loophole – something David Cameron’s government refused to do.

On TTIP: Labour, the SNP and the Greens all have better (if not necessarily perfect!) positions on TTIP than the Conservatives. David Cameron, says he wants to put “rocket boosters” under the dodgy trade deal!

Would you want 38 Degrees to campaign for these parties to work together, if that would be the most likely way that we’ll achieve the change we want to see? Please vote to help decide:

Yes    No    Don’t know

38 Degrees isn’t going to tell anyone how to vote at this election – it’s up to each one of us to make up our own minds. And with the polls so close, it’s impossible to say for certain what we’ll wake up to on 8th May.

But there’s a clear risk that biased newspapers will try to distort what happens next. Claims that it’s “illegitimate” for Scottish nationalist MPs to be part of government, or that the biggest single party has to call the shots, aren’t based in law. But they’re designed to strengthen David Cameron – and left unchallenged, they could tip the balance in an extremely undemocratic way.

So, what do you think? After the election, should 38 Degrees campaign for other parties to work together to replace David Cameron if the numbers add up?

Yes    No    Don’t know


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