last updated: 6 September 2018 (approximate reading time: 2 minutes; 219 words)
Any winner-takes-all election has a simple implication: If you can’t get your side elected, then you lose. If you lose, then there are consequences. This is neither good nor bad—it’s simply how it is and the same principles apply irrespective of which side of any party divide your loyalties lie.
There are three fundamentals to be applied when looking to election results.
If you can’t get your side elected, then you can’t implement your policies.
If you can’t get your side elected, then the other side get elected and get their chance to implement their policies—and you may not like their policies.
The flip to this is: If the other side get elected, then the electorate decided that they didn’t want your policies implemented.
Getting your side elected and then implementing absolutely no policies must be preferable to not being elected which thereby lets the other side implement their policies.
If you don’t like the people on the other side—if you think they are unfit for government or their policies are dangerous—then your first responsibility is to make yourself/your party electable. Internal party power struggles and arguments over policy are irrelevant—if you’re not elected the other side get to make decisions.
And how to get elected? Pay attention to the voters.