As ever, the erudite Owen Jones's column in today's Guardian, was thought provoking stuff. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/02/labour-party-may-divide-before-conquer
The possible split he talks of, reminded me of the breakaway in 1981 by the 'gang of four' and the formation of the SDP (granted I was only approaching six, but the six o'clock news was part of our family routine). The SDP-Liberal alliances of the '83 and '87 received a lot of media coverage at the time, and ultimately led to the eventual merger in 1988, which gave us the Liberal Democrats who are still (only just) with us today.
Indeed, the split he talks of is not altogether dissimilar to the one I mooted in an earlier blog, between Scottish Labour and 'London Labour'. The split I envisaged however, was seen largely through a Scottish prism, where I felt the larger Labour Party was seen as being dominated by Blairite, quasi-Tories and as having abandoned the working class it was founded to represent. I believe that Scottish Labour suffers in Scotland as a result of this association. I also saw no reason why a rebranded, realigned Scottish party could not form a progressive coalition with 'London Labour' should the opportunity ever arise.
I am all for proportional representation, FPTP is grotesquely undemocratic. For example, right now it allows the Tories to govern with a majority, despite having mustered little more than a third of the vote. Having said that, it seems to me that the Labour Party only ever entertains the notion of proportional representation when it experiences extended periods in opposition. I seem to recall there being consideration given to electoral reform after a fourth successive general election defeat in '92, but that this was swiftly binned following Tony Blair's 1997 landslide.
Taking the the idea a little further, it seems pertinent to discuss the possible break up of the Conservative Party, given the current civil war over the EU referendum. Presumably, the party would split along the lines of the far right leaning and the relative moderate MP's, with those in the middle going with whichever side they identified with most. This would mean an end to the long standing, two party system which is hopelessly inadequate in the modern world. Obviously, there have been periods where a virtual three party situation has existsed. Most recently, the number of Lib-Dem MP's and their part in the 2010 coalition, and the current 54 SNP MP's being examples.
Wider choice, being able to select a political party which best represented an individuals beliefs, rather than the artificial, unsatisfactory, one size fits all situation we have today. This, in conjunction with proportional representation, either the scrapping altogether of the House of Lords, or it's replacement by for example, a fully elected senate, would lead to altogether more democratic government. A pleasant side effect might also be increased participation in politics and greater turnout at elections. G