We use the word ‘progressive’ a lot. We mean that progress is possible, and that the best days for our country can be ahead of us. It means that we believe the highest achievement for a government is not to ‘conserve’ – it’s to push forward, to reform, to enable human flourishing. The Whigs don’t look back to some half-remembered golden age, whether that’s the 1950s (in the case of Ukip), or the agrarian Middle Ages (in the case of the Greens) – we look forward to the kind of society we can build in the 2020s, the 2040s, the 2060s.
Over the next five years there will be big questions about the kind of country we want to be and what our values are. There are millions of decent people in the UK who are appalled at Tory rule and the rise of Ukip, but who feel that other parties no longer have credible answers to these questions. People who cannot trust the Liberal Democrats after the Coalition, and who are unconvinced by the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. People who want a confident voice that stands up for human rights, gender equality, immigration, social justice, open markets, representative democracy, the Union of England and Scotland, and for Britain’s membership of the European Union. People who are looking for the Whigs.
The Whig Party is all about the long game – founded in 1678, dissolved in 1868, and refounded in 2014 in time for the 2015 General Election. The next few years will be crucial for Britain, and we’re looking forward to providing a progressive and Whiggish voice to the national debate. In aftermath of the EU Referendum result there will be big questions about the kind of country we want to be. We are confident that there will be a space for the Whig Party in the conversation.
“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed”