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Lists of Heads of Government and Heads of State

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Rees-Mogg was a surprise pick from the presidential primaries of 2023. His key policy is the abolition of the presidency. It is not clear, as yet, whether he can persuade Liz Truss to call for a referendum on the restoration of the monarchy and the coronation of William Windsor as King. Time will tell.
#ReferendumNow #WilliamV #PresidentialFailure

Anyway, terrifying story.
 

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Absolutely love concepts like this. Have had that piece on my mind for a while as well so really happy to see someone put some welly into taking it further. Only issue - wasn’t Rowling elected for a single ten-year term in the original version?
Was she? Oh dang. This is what I get for skipping doing a re read.

In honesty I like the midpoint election. It could easily be removed and Rees-Mogg pushed back to 2025 I guess
 

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Driving headlong into the Centre: A Prime Minister of Great Britain List:

1974-1976: Harold Wilson (Labour)
1974 (Majority) def: Ted Heath (Conservative), Jeremy Thorpe (Liberal)
1975 Conservative Leadership Election Keith Joseph def: Ted Heath, Geoffrey Howe
1976-1978: Micheal Foot (Labour)
Labour Leadership Election 1976: Micheal Foot def: Tony Benn, Denis Healey, Peter Shore
Liberal Leadership Election 1976: John Pardoe def: David Steel
1978-1982: Keith Joseph (Conservative)
1978 (Majority) def: Micheal Foot (Labour), John Pardoe (Liberal)
Labour Leadership Election 1979: Bill Rodgers def: Peter Shore, David Owen, Eric Heffer

1982-1990: Bill Rodgers (Labour)
1982 (Majority) def: Keith Joseph (Conservative), John Pardoe (Liberal), Eric Heffer (Socialist Labour)
Liberal Leadership Election 1983: David Penhaligon def: John Pardoe, David Steel

Socialist Labour Leadership Election 1985: Pat Wall def: Derek Hatton, Terry Fields
1986 (Majority) def: Keith Joseph (Conservative), David Penhaligon (Liberal), Pat Wall (Socialist Labour)
Conservative Leadership Election 1986: Micheal Heseltine def: Geoffrey Howe, Margaret Thatcher
1990-1994: Ann Clywd (Labour)
Labour Leadership Election 1990: Ann Clywd def: Chris Smith, Bernie Grant
Socialist Labour Leadership Election 1990: Derek Hatton def: Lesley Mahmood
1990 (Majority) def: Micheal Heseltine (Conservative), David Penhaligon (Liberal), Derek Hatton (Socialist Labour)

Conservative Leadership Election 1990: Chris Patten def: Ken Clarke
Socialist Labour Leadership Election 1991: George Galloway def: Derek Hatton, Arthur Scargill
Liberal Leadership Election 1992: Alan Beith def: Ming Campbell
1994-1999: Chris Patten (Conservative)
1994 (Majority) def: Ann Clywd (Labour), Alan Beith (Liberal), George Galloway (Workers)
Labour Leadership Election 1994: Tony Lloyd def: John McDonnell, Sue Slipman, Charles Kennedy
1999-2004: Tony Lloyd (Labour)
1999 (Coalition with Liberals) def: Chris Patten (Conservative), Alan Beith (Liberal), George Galloway (Workers)
Conservative Leadership Election 2002: Emma Harriet Nicholson def: Chris Patten
2004-2011: Emma Harriet Nicholson (Conservative)
2004 (Majority) def: Tony Lloyd (Labour), Alan Beith (Liberal), George Galloway (Workers)
Labour Leadership Election 2004: Barry Gardiner def: John McDonnell, Paddy Tipping, Frank Dobson, Sue Slipman
Liberal Leadership Election 2004: Ming Campbell def: Mark Oaten
2008 (Majority) def: Barry Gardiner (Labour), Ming Campbell (Liberal), George Galloway (Workers)
Labour Leadership Election 2009: Barry Gardiner def: Alan Johnson, Oona King
2011-2016: Barry Gardiner (Labour)
2011 (Coalition with Workers) def: Emma Harriet Nicholson (Conservative), Ming Campbell (Liberal), George Galloway (Workers)
Liberal Leadership Election 2011: Steve Gilbert def: Mark Oaten, Ed Davey
Conservative Leadership Election 2012: Liz Truss def: Andrea Leadsom, Anne Widdecombe
2016-2020: Liz Truss (Conservative)
2016 (Coalition with Liberals) def: Barry Gardiner (Labour), Steve Gilbert (Liberal), George Galloway (Workers), Anne Widdecombe (National)
Labour Leadership Election 2016: Karen Lee def: Emma Hardy, Dawn Butler, Emily Benn
Workers Leadership Election 2017: Frances Curran def: Laura Pidcock, Cat Boyd
2020-: Karen Lee (Labour)
2020 (Majority) def: Liz Truss (Conservative), Steve Gilbert (Liberal), Frances Curran (Workers), Anne Widdecombe (National)

Simple idea really, Foot and Joseph being Prime Ministers one after another sours the British public on the ideas of ‘extreme’ Left/Right ideas which Bill Rodgers capitalises on with his Centrist vision of a Modern Mixed Market Economy. Of course this requires reducing the power of the Unions which angers some of the more Left Wing MPs of Labour who create the Socialist Labour Party. Luckily for Rodgers the Left Wing votes he loses he gains back with Centrist votes.

The 80s are a time of change towards Rodgers vision and a popular Labour Government whilst the Tories descend into infighting. Eventually they get Micheal Heseltine as there candidate but the problems are still there and they lose a third election, this time to the Soft Left Ann Clywd who implements some slightly more radical ideas (but not too radical). Ann loses 94 to Chris Patten helped by George Galloway reviving the Socialists Labour Party (which nearly collapsed under Derek Hatton) into a more Populist Left Wing organisation which succeeds in the places which have felt left behind from Rodgers reforms.

Patten is a competent Prime Minister, but a small recession in 1996 ruins his chances at a second term. Tony Lloyd gets into power in 1999 but due to the Worker’s party fails to gain a majority. His coalition with the Liberals is a competent affair with increased devolution and a number of assemblies appearing but attempts to implement Alternative Voting fail and a reformed Conservatives under Emma Harriet Nicholson beats down Lloyd.

Nicholson enjoys seven years of power, bringing in her idea of the ‘New Society’ a series of Neoliberal reforms that allows the Government to replace public spending with private in certain sectors and to run Britain ‘like a business’. Things go as okay as they can, with continued support for the EU and much more until a worldwide recession in 2010 causes the wheels to fall of the Nicholson train.

Barry Gardiner, the Soft Left superstar takes over and despite advice not to, pursues a coalition with the Workers Party. This doesn’t go well as accusations of Communist infiltration, Anti-Semitism and Eurosceptism run rampant. This leads to Gardiner’s government to collapse and Liz Truss to come in. But the Tories have had there own problems as Anne Widdecombe breaks of from the Tories and creates a National Populist Right Wing Party which saps the Tory vote in a variety of places. Truss is forced to create a coalition with the Liberals but her opinions on Transgender issues and her failed attempts to revive the Nicholson ethos caused her to lose to a revived Labour Party.

Karen Lee, Lincoln MP and one of the members of the revived Socialist Campaign Committee won the leadership election against a field of awkward Soft Lefties and Blairites. Deflating the Workers Party’s hold and bring about an idea of Socialism for the 21st Century, Lee won the 2020 election by a significant majority. Now she’ll have to keep her aim of reviving British Socialism as the future beckons.
 

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Sometimes it was purely upsetting - for instance her long and eventually successful campaign to hound Munroe Bergdorf out of public life. Munroe would take her own life in 2022 following years of being inundated with death threats.
I’ve been umming and ahhing about whether to post this comment, and I’ve decided I ought to, but before I do want to preface this by saying I love the list otherwise and don’t say this in order to attack or insult you (which I hope you know I wouldn’t anyway).

Anyway, here goes. I think this bit of this list is a little distasteful. I fully understand and agree with your disdain for Rowling, but I think this slightly weird fantasy of her driving someone to suicide is a bit weird and left a bad taste in my mouth. Now I might have missed something totally in which case please do tell me to fuck off, but if not this just feels a bit gross to me. Maybe it is plausible, but I still feel weird about someone (and particularly someone like you who I respect so much) posting stuff like that.
 

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I’ve been umming and ahhing about whether to post this comment, and I’ve decided I ought to, but before I do want to preface this by saying I love the list otherwise and don’t say this in order to attack or insult you (which I hope you know I wouldn’t anyway).

Anyway, here goes. I think this bit of this list is a little distasteful. I fully understand and agree with your disdain for Rowling, but I think this slightly weird fantasy of her driving someone to suicide is a bit weird and left a bad taste in my mouth. Now I might have missed something totally in which case please do tell me to fuck off, but if not this just feels a bit gross to me. Maybe it is plausible, but I still feel weird about someone (and particularly someone like you who I respect so much) posting stuff like that.
No, I get that. It's a difficult balancing act with these things. Munroe was talking just yesterday about the impact that the Baroness Nicholson situation has had on her, and how her achievements have been won through each one costing a little bit of her. She was in fact saying it in a letter to Baroness Nicholson in response to her saying "it would be fun" to meet with Munroe Bergdorf. It got into my head how there is a cost, even (or maybe especially) for the big names in these discussions. It's something I think is often lost.

The real reality is that if you put someone with one of these weird obsessions into a position of power they will use it to continue their twitter vendettas. It won't be pretty. There are multiple ways this can go. Aimee Challenor had her boyfriend's Twitter hacked and filled with confessions of sexual attraction to children, Lily Madigan was accused of having an old twitter where she advocated for and celebrated rape. After these attacks both of them dropped out of politics. It's unfortunately a feature of our current political system that trans people are driven from politics. I initially considered something along these lines, a faked rape claim, a series of hit pieces, being accused of some form of crime. While this is the real most likely consequence of TERFs in power going after enemies out of power, I try not to make specific accusations of crime, even untrue-in-the-story ones, in AH, I tried to tone down my thoughts and massively under-toned down said thoughts.

It's a weirdness, writing these sorts of transphobes win in some way TLs, they keep going round my head because in various ways I am always considering what happens if TERFs win in this way or that and how to respond. It's not a pretty thought, but microfic is a way to exorcise some demons. I evidently need to work on then keeping said demons off the page, and I am sorry for not doing that well enough.
 

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President Rowling is Retiring
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This one also circles round in my head far more that it ought to. It really is bizarre how, of all the SLP published books, this time line is the one that has become most dated/horrific in hindsight - and in a way that is no fault of and could not possibly be forseen by the original authors.

Like Boristopia still holds up in broad strokes, and that was far more explicitly Coalitionpunk, and so prone to being overtaken by events. The tropes of 'Progressive Majority' and 'the SNP are a left wing progressive party' are core 2015 at heart, but having both JK and Joanna Cherry becoming explicit counterarguments in human form would feel too on the nose in a work of fiction.

Was there anything of Rowling's subsequent descent and radicalisation into online extremism apparent in the spring of 2015? From memory she was just the author who couldn't stop retconning her own work, and initially even that began as some clumsy progressive pinkwashing. The "they just poo themselves and magic it away" weirdness came later.

There lots of cool little AH details in this that shouldn't be overlooked either - Cameron replacing Boris as a safe pair of hands, Theresa May as a high profile 'moderate', David Milliband as the Steer Calmer Control Group.

The systematic exclusion of trans women from politics is definitely something about which it will be possible to write history books in years to come.
 

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Was there anything of Rowling's subsequent descent and radicalisation into online extremism apparent in the spring of 2015? From memory she was just the author who couldn't stop retconning her own work, and initially even that began as some clumsy progressive pinkwashing. The "they just poo themselves and magic it away" weirdness came later.
Arguably some of her interventions of Scottish Independence gave a flavour of her political allegiance, I imagine looking through cybernat threads on the topic from 2014 would induce future nostalgia. But the terrain was so different, and she was so much more careful, that things were not the same.

And yeah, President Ashdown is Retiring is a brilliant story for just pure 2015 vibes. To be fair to them, @Meadow and @Lord Roem were like poets of "it's 2015 and things are a bit shit but there's nothing anyone can do about it". Just dipping into it again a small bit was fun.

In terms of the AH elements, yeah, the traditional response on President Rowling has been that the PM would have a quiet word. It never quite sat right with me, and I think recent events have shown why the quiet word approach wouldn't work. Rowling sees her transphobia as a justified response to the sexual and domestic violence she experienced at the hands of cis men. No man, no matter how well intentioned, would get a good response from telling her to tone it down.

Best case with President Rowling is, I think, that she is less bored and therefore gets less weird.
 

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Best case with President Rowling is, I think, that she is less bored and therefore gets less weird.
The concept of 'the President so awful that it makes the public wonder what the problem was we had with the monarchy anyway' is a fascinating one.

Especially if the lack of establishment means Andrew's been actually hung out to dry by the direct line of succession.
 

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The concept of 'the President so awful that it makes the public wonder what the problem was we had with the monarchy anyway' is a fascinating one.

Especially if the lack of establishment means Andrew's been actually hung out to dry by the direct line of succession.
A direct in-universe sequel set around this would be fascinating.

"The Second Referendum: Prince William is Returning"
 
The concept of 'the President so awful that it makes the public wonder what the problem was we had with the monarchy anyway' is a fascinating one.
The parallels with Cromwell are pleasing. British republicanism keeps coming undone by the new heads of state screwing up and disappointing everyone until they resign themselves to a restoration.
 

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Europe A Nation

1937-1940: Neville Chamberlain (Conservative leading National Government with Liberal Nationals and National Labour)
1940-1953: Anthony Eden (Conservative)
1941 (National Government with Liberal Nationals and National Labour) def. Clement Attlee (Labour), Archibald Sinclair (Liberal), Oswald Mosley (Union)
1946 (National Government with Union, Liberal Nationals and National Labour) def. Stafford Cripps (Labour/Liberal Popular Front), Oswald Mosley (Union)
1949 (National Government with Labour, Liberals, Liberal Nationals and National Labour) def. Herbert Morrison (Labour/Liberal Popular Front), Oswald Mosley (Union)
1953-1959: Herbert Morrison (Labour)
1954 (Peoples' Government with Union and Unified Liberals) def. Rab Butler (Conservative/National Labour Pact), Oswald Mosley (Union)
1957 Franco-British Union referendum; 54% YES, 46% NO

1959-1964: Herbert Morrison / Guy Mollet (Socialist)
1959 (Unity Government with Union Movement, Christian Democrats and Radical-Liberals) def. Maurice Thorez / Rajani Palme Dutt (Communist), Robert Gascoyne-Cecil (Tory), Roger Frey (Gaullist), Honor Balfour (Left Action)
1962 European Constitution referendum; 61% YES, 39% NO

1964-0000: Oswald Mosley (Union Movement)
1964 def. (Communist), (United Force)
1968 def. effectively unopposed
 
American Jesus
I don't need to be a global citizen, because I'm blessed by nationality/I'm part of a growing populace, we enforce our popularity.
Richard Nixon/Spiro Agnew 1969-1972
1968: Def. Hubert Humphrey/Edmund Muskie, George Wallace/Curtis LeMay
There are things that seem to pull us under and there are things that drag us down
Spiro Agnew/vacant 1972-1973
But there's a power and vital presence that's lurking all around.
Henry 'Scoop' Jackson/John McKeithen 1973-1981
1972: Def. Spiro Agnew/Gerald Ford, George McGovern/Benjamin Spock
1976: Def. Howard Baker/John Tower
I feel sorry for the earth's population because so few live in the USA/At least the foreigners can copy our morality, they can visit but they cannot stay.
Pete Wilson/Paul Laxalt 1981-1989
1980: Def. John McKeithen/Birch Bayh
1984: Def. Joe Biden/Fritz Hollings
Only precious few can garner the prosperity, it makes us walk with renewed confidence/We've got a place to go when we die and the architect resides right here.
Jim Jones/Geraldine Ferraro 1989-1993
1988: Def. Paul Laxalt/Trent Lott, Lee Iacocca/Jim Jeffords
He's the farmer's barren fields, the force the army wields, the expression on the faces of the starving millions.
Dick Cheney/Chuck Grassley 1993-1997
1992: Def. Jim Jones/Geraldine Ferraro
The power of the man, the fuel that drives the Klan, He's the motive and the conscience of the murderer.
David Duke/Ted Bundy 1997-2001
1996: Def. Dick Cheney/Chuck Grassley, Jerry Brown/Jesse Jackson
He's the preacher on TV, the false sincerity....
Pat Robertson/John McCain 2001-2005
2000: Def. Ted Kennedy/Doug Wilder, David Duke/Ted Bundy
The form letter that's written by the big computers.
Steve Jobs/John Edwards 2005-2013
2004: Def. Pat Robertson/John McCain, David Duke/Jim Traficant
2008: Def. Jon Huntsman/Todd Aiken
The nuclear bombs and the kids with no moms...
John Bolton/Joe Arpaio 2013-2021
2012: Def. John Edwards/Deval Patrick
2016: Def. Martin O'Malley/Kirstin Gillibrand
And I'm fearful that he's inside me.
Jesse Ventura/Lawrence Lessig 2021-
2020: Def. Barack Obama/Chris Dodd, Joe Arpaio/Cory Gardner
 
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"To Be A Free Nation Forevermore"

Leaders of the Liberal Party (1961-present)
Pinchas Rosen (1961-1965)
1961: 19 seats (2nd) [Prime Minister: David Ben-Gurion (Mapai)]
1965: 10 seats (4th) [Prime Minister: Levi Eshkol (Mapai)]
The Israeli Liberal Party was founded in auspicious circumstances. The centrist to centre-left Progressives and centre-right General Zionists were once working together to present a liberal vision based in what they believed was middle-class values. They strenuously argued against the Workers' Party (also known as Mapai) and their construction of a 'pseudo-state organisation' deeply rooted in workers' unions, much preferring a more capitalist system of governance. They wished a state-organised welfare state and less interference in the economy. And a decade of negotiation due to fears of being polarised between the extremes finally reached fruition with the creation of the Liberal Party, with Pinchas Rosen as its new leader.

All of those mentioned beliefs would have aligned them with the Freedom Party (Herut), but the left of this burgeoning party deeply distrusted the party with a past in ultra-nationalism so extreme even Jews from outside Israel penned a condemnation of their ideas published in the New York Times. Yet Menachem Begin was determined to unite the opposition to Mapai and would try to pressure the Liberals into an electoral deal, which was hotly debated within the Liberals, with the leader opposing it and the former General Zionists broadly endorsing it. Bolstering Rosen's argument was the fact that the Liberals, no matter what, was the chief opposition to Ben-Gurion and Eshkol [even if by two seats], and he believed there was absolutely no need to ally with the hard-right to defeat the government. This led to the party splitting in 1963.

And as Menachem Begin announced his "Consolidation Block" [Likud] with the new "Independent Liberal Party" led by Peretz Bernstein, the outcomes for the Liberal Party looked gloomer than ever. The fact they even got 10 seats in 1965 was an achievement, but it was not enough to save face for Rosen.

Yizhar Harari (1965-1971)
1969: 12 seats (3rd) [Prime Minister: Golda Meir (Alignment)]
The Liberals scrambled to find a new leader to replace Rosen, and in the end, they shifted to the left and picked the man who would have been the Father of the Constitution if Israel ever had one, the instigator of the formal process that would have created one. Known as a man somewhat sympathetic to the left, he was nothing but a rejection of the idea of Consolidation. Under his leadership, the Liberals became more cooperative with the government, even if factional tensions meant that the Liberals wouldn't enter government until the Six-Days War erupted in 1967 which got a national unity government. And even then, their role there was somewhat perfunctory, with Harari getting a honorary post at best.

The later 1960s would see the left parties talk extensively of uniting the left into what they called the "Alignment". Harari himself was in favour of leading the Liberal Party to work within such an Alignment, but this got the party centre and what remained of its right's hackles up. They were only years removed from the ideas of a bloc with Herut, and now they were considering such with the left? At this time, the Liberals was developing a distinct idea of being the "Third Camp" of Israeli politics, rejecting both Likud's ties to ultra-nationalism and the potential Alignment's ties with what they considered the "over-powerful" pseudo-state structure Ben-Gurion set up.

In the end, after the elections in which the Liberals performed admirably, gaining two seats and jumping to third, the "Third Camp" proposal would win out and Harari would receive the Liberals would accept the ceasefire proposal and gain two ex-Liberal defections from Consolidation over Consolidation's withdrawal from the government, bringing them up to 14.

In 1971, Harari announced that he would step down as leader as he was planning to step down from politics at that time. His legacy in the party is mostly remembered for bolstering the party's left at a time when it was in an unclear direction, and shifting it unambiguously away from Likud.

Nissim Eliad (1971-1982)
1973: 17 seats (3rd) [Prime Minister: Golda Meir (Alignment)]
1977: 28 seats (3rd) [Prime Minister: Menachem Begin (Likud)]
1981: 9 seats (3rd) [Prime Minister: Menachem Begin (Likud)]
Eliad was undeniably the peak of the left-wards turn of the Liberals in the 1960s and 1970s. Formerly a youth member of the Workers' Party, he still was an active member of his trade union and perhaps most unacceptably of all for the remnant of the Liberal Right, he was a participant in the General Organisation of Workers, the pseudo-state organisation that previous Liberals sought to weaken. Yet he was a canny man who knew how far he could push his party without them buckling. His leadership would be primarily one of cultivating support with Israeli Arabs, determined to create a strong bloc beyond the notoriously-fickle middle-class, and one of recruiting big names to run in elections. Many older Liberals nowadays name him as the reason they entered the party, and he can be considered in a sense to be the most transformative of Liberal leaders.

As the tide of change came in 1977 as scandals tore apart Alignment's voteshare, the Liberals surged to their highest seat count yet. But would the party that had seemingly went on a more radical direction every leader accept a cabinet spot in Menachem Begin's cabinet? In the end, it was done. The populace had no wish to continue under Alignment, and proportionality did demand they cooperate with Begin. Nevertheless, they were selective about the cabinet posts. Arguably they restrained Begin, but the heated ethnic tensions that stirred in the 1981 election sank the Liberals.

Eliad would announce his plan to step down after the party chose his successor in the following year.

Mordechai Virshubski (1982-1988)
1984: 10 seats (3rd) [Prime Minister: Shimon Peres (Alignment)]
1988: 14 seats (3rd) [Prime Minister: Yitzhak Shamir (Likud)]
Virshubski was one of the people who entered the Liberal Party due to Eliad encouraging a new influx into the party. With the Israeli Arabs now the primary vote base of the Liberals due to the 1981 disaster, the party was more and more aligned to arguing for their interests. Virshubski may have not been an Israeli Arab, but he was undeniably a champion for their interests. Under him, the Liberals rapidly expanded its ideology as Eliad's calls for new ideas became truly integrated under Virshubski as the party announced in the 1984 election that it advocated a wide variety of rights such as women's rights, human rights, civil liberties and unrepentant secularism, and even absorbed the nascent ecological party into its ranks in 1983.

This bold social direction bolstered its voteshare, but would not acquire much gains in the 1984 election as the voters still were polarised between Likud and the Alignment. Shimon Peres would successfully negotiate a deal with the Liberals, delivering him his government.

Virshubski would insist on key positions in the cabinet, and most controversially of all, the push of Harari's Constitution. The Basic Law was never enough for the Liberals, not since Harari's leadership, and the calls for a written Constitution merely amplified since. Under Virshubski, it was ever-consuming, and Shimon Peres, calculating that any deal with Likud would lead to demands of a rotating prime minister, he agreed.

The Constitution would lead to a lot of shouting, Yitzhak Rabin calling it a "dirty deal" and Likud surging higher in the polls. But as per Harari's set out process, the first written Constitution of Israel would be trotted out to the voters in the 1987 referendum. And lost in a landslide.

The election itself was merely an aftershock, as the Alignment was crushed. The Liberal voters were satisfied with what they got, more or less, and they even acquired some new ones due to stronger Israeli Arab recruitment and pro-constitution voters shifting to them. Still, Virshubski would step down.

Tommy Lapid (1988-2000)
1992: 21 seats (3rd) [Prime Minister: Yitzhak Shamir (Likud)]
1996: 30 seats (2nd) [Prime Minister: Yitzhak Rabin (Labour)]
2000: 22 seats (3rd) [Prime Minister: Yitzhak Rabin (Labour)]
The election of media personality and long-time Liberal member Tommy Lapid was seen as a shock. The Liberal Party was led by its left for decades, and by the late 1980s was more or less automatically counted with the Alignment in terms of coalition politics, with the 1977-81 coalition with the right seen as a fluke. Lapid, having held on to his party membership despite it all, would represent the party shifting once again, this time emphasising its economic liberalism and showing more willingness to work with Likud.

Now, this did not mean he would abandon the party's Israeli Arab base, far from it. He would emphasise more than ever the importance of getting them into mainstream Israeli politics to further cross-community understanding, seeing his Liberals as key to that aim. Under him, the calls for peace with the Palestinians was clear. Still, he was a shift away from the party's previous radicalism, and this was noted very much by Israeli commentators.

With Prime Minister Shamir being a key target of Lapid's criticism for working deeply with the religious right, it was expected that the rebranded Alignment (now the Israeli Labour Party) would win a clear victory under its popular leader Yitzhak Rabin, especially with the Liberals assumed to be firmly with Rabin and his advocate of a peace process. But as the numbers came in, and several right-wing parties narrowly passed the electoral threshold, the pendulum swung back to the right. Shamir had his re-election.

The following four years would see a lot of change and turmoil in the Israeli political scene. Shamir, noting that his right-wing coalition partners were increasingly seeing him as too moderate, would shift into their direction, and this would escalate tensions, especially as he announced his retirement in 1994. The hard-right Benjamin Netanyahu would take control of Likud, and this would lead to a major split leading to David Levy's Gesher establishing itself as a credible threat to Likud's previous control of the right. While some in the Liberals would propose a deal with Gesher, perhaps as the "Democratic Movement for Change" or "Dash" for short, this ran right into the hard truth that Levy was someone with a pro-settler past that would alienate the Liberals' Israeli Arab bloc. Nevertheless, Gesher and Liberals would find themselves avoiding criticism of each other.

The 1996 election saw the Liberals return to second for the first time in decades, but Labour was miles ahead of them and easily formed a coalition with Gesher, a move that shocked some and led to defections back to Likud, or even in two cases, to the Liberals. The Liberals would align themselves firmly to the peace process, voting for it all the way through the Knesset, and successfully used their more public presence as the main opposition to expand their member base once more. Still, as Rabin geared up for re-election, it was clear. Likud threw out the unpopular Netanyahu and was now recovering quite quickly as the "real" opposition as contrast to the Liberals who were seen as too compromising.

In 2000, the Liberals fell back to third as Likud, now under Ehud Olmert (one of the party's centre who didn't defect to Gesher) cut deeply into Gesher's votes and reunited the right. Rabin would turn to Lapid to bolster his coalition. This Labour-Liberal coalition would last until the 2008 election.

But Tommy Lapid wouldn't live to see it. Widely hated in deeply conspirational and ultra-nationalist circles as conceding too much as the "false opposition" to Rabin's peace process, he was believed to be in the pocket of the party's Israeli Arab base, and the Labour-Liberal coalition merely confirmed their hateful theories. One fateful day, he walked down a street, a gun was lifted and everything changed.

Naomi Chazan (2000-2001) [acting]
Israel was at a standstill. Nobody could believe what just happened. Tommy Lapid was no more, and it was at the hands of an assassin's bullet. Yitzhak Rabin ordered a thorough investigation in the matter that turned up a deep swirling net of ultra-nationalist sentiments that Israel had to reckon with. The Liberal Party did have a measure in place for a leader's death it turned out. The leadership would go to the deputy, in this case Naomi Chazan, in an acting position until an election the following year. Chazan was known as a strong advocate for women's rights and would be seen as a deeply effective opposition legislator in the previous Knesset legislature. She was also on the party left, unlike Lapid.

Despite expectations of her standing, she would decline, choosing to stay out. As Minister of Equality in the cabinet, she would acquire many successes to her name that would bolster the rights of women in Israel.

Eliezer Zandberg (2001-2004)
2004: 26 seats (3rd) [Prime Minister: Amir Peretz (Labour)]
Zandberg was the sole candidate of the party right in the race, and perhaps that's why he won as he rode the memory of the slain Tommy Lapid to carry on his legacy. A known venture capitalist, he was extremely young when he became leader, and this led other parties to ridicule the Liberals behind closed doors as inexperienced. Zandberg was not someone with a wide base in the party MKs, which tended to the left even after Lapid's long leadership. But they would try to give him a chance. He was noted as someone who did not get on at all with Rabin. It was noted in a later interview that "the only thing that could get Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres to agree on was disliking Eliezer Zandberg".

As Rabin announced his retirement in 2002, Labour was determined to pick a younger face, and it ended up picking Amir Peretz, who was seen as somewhat of a shift to the left due to his radical record as leader of the General Organisation. He and Zandberg somehow got on even worse. Still, despite this consistent leadership clash, the 2000-2004 government did get several key Liberal achievements, including civil marriage and secularisation of many areas of Israeli society. It's just all clouded by the inevitable personality and political clashes.

The 2004 election saw Liberal gains due to the memory of Lapid pushing voters to them, but the end was already approaching for Zandberg's leadership. In late 2004, it came out that Zandberg was pushing for a cut to child allowances that was a key income for Israeli Arab families, and for a party which credited its very survival to the strong loyalty of this demographic, this proved too much. He was quickly challenged and removed.

Zahava Gal-On (2004-2013)
2008: 20 seats (3rd) [Prime Minister: Tzipi Livni (Likud)]
2012: 14 seats (4th) [Prime Minister: Tzipi Livni (Likud)]
What can one say about Zahava Gal-On? On one side, arguably a return to the Liberals' radical tradition, and undoubtedly a strong relief to worried Liberal voters who thought their party was losing its way. On the other side, she consistently failed to expand the party's base and was undeniably the wrong woman at the time to continue Liberal governance. While she was open to working with the moderate Likudnik Tzipi Livni on grounds of civil liberties and furthering the peace process, and would vote against ultra-nationalist attempts to undermine the government through Knesset bills, she kept the Liberals aloof from government, deeming Likud even under Livni to be a party too influenced by ultra-nationalist thought.

In 2013, Livni finally lost power in a leadership challenge to the resurgent hard-right under Benny Begin, son of founder Menachem Begin. It was at this time that the Independent Liberal Party, by this point assumed to be a relic and at that point mostly just ex-Gesher has-beens and David Levy's daughter Orly Levy, announced it would merge back into the Liberal Party. This proved a shock as people was rudely reminded that the ILP even existed. This bolstered the party right, and after nine years in the leadership, Gal-On decided to step down.

Yair Lapid (2013-2019)
2016: 26 seats (3rd) [Prime Minister: Benny Begin (Likud)]
The son of Tommy Lapid hoped he would prove the torch of Israeli Liberalism in the dark days of Begin and his hard-right government. Even as the once disgraced Netanyahu crept back into power and respectability, Lapid would be the chief opponent. Labour at that time was under Shelly Yachimovich and proved rather ineffective after shifting back to the centre from Peretz's perceived centre-leftism. This would lead many to see Lapid as bizarrely enough more left of Labour despite his being on the Liberal right. Lapid however, would be canny enough to avoid any internal spats. Those were not the times of party infighting, especially when Israeli democracy was at sake.

Even as Benny Begin authorised a return to aggressive expansion of Israeli settlements which got American President Crystal Echo Hawk to criticise and call for a respecting of the peace process, the attacks on Israelis managed to scare enough voters into giving his coalition a narrow majority. This majority would be chipped away of course, but Benny Begin would stay on in power, defiant of the tide. The polls were expecting a clear Liberal rise to second place, but record-low Arab turnout sank them to third. Questions would be asked about why.

The following three years would provide the answer. As Begin provoked ethnic tensions as his aggressive ultra-settlement policy while tearing up the old agreements Rabin negotiated with the Palestinian Authority which Begin did not recognise as a valid authority, Yair Lapid proved to be at once forceful yet frustrating. His push to have the official Liberal policy be negotiated withdrawal apart from the biggest settlements (a clear softening of Liberals' traditional forceful peace policy) led to some Arab MKs leaving the party and setting up the United Arab List. Meanwhile, the Liberal grassroots was increasingly dissatisfied with their leader and his perceived compromising nature.

In the end, with the polls stagnating to late 2019 and the UAL sending feelers noting that they would merge back into the Liberals if Lapid was to step down in favour of someone who "would have Israeli Arab interests in mind", he chose to give up the fight.

Orly Levy (2019-present)
2020: 40 seats (1st) [Prime Minister: Orly Levy (Liberal)]
The next leader of the Liberal Party was not exactly who the Israeli Arabs had in mind. While Levy was indeed someone who was consistently pro-peace (and was perceived as to the left of Lapid on other issues, even if not Liberal Left), her stance on the existing settlements was vague. Too vague. The UAL withdrew consideration of a merger, up to when Benny Begin pushed through his settlement bill that would regulate already existing settlements and cement them all as existing Israeli land, and also one that declared that Israel was "The Nation-State of the Jewish People". Orly Levy whipped the Liberals to vote against it all, and the UAL, acutely aware of possible Israeli Arab vote suppression and a possible anxiety to unite behind the Liberals to present a strong bloc against Benny Begin, voted to merge back into the Liberals.

The coronavirus pandemic struck Israel in early January of 2020, leading Begin to call for a lockdown. By the time of the elections in July, the handling was widely criticised, and his attempts at turning the discourse back to nationalist rhetoric fell flat. The Labour Party was considered irrelevant, ever since the 2012 election. And at a base level, a lot of older people still recall David Levy's legacy fondly. With Yair Lapid installed as deputy and prominent in advertisements in certain areas, and Orly Levy promising a return to stability and good government, even having the boon of former Prime Minister Tzipi Livni publicly endorsing the Liberals, the outcome was pretty much inevitable.

And on the day after the election itself, all that was left to do was for Orly Levy to pick which ones of the wiped out parties to make up a majority. She elected to go with Labour and the non-Liberal-aligned Arab parties to form her coalition.

Israel now had its first Liberal prime minister, and everyone waits to see what she will do.

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Alright, this is just an idea I've been itching to do ever since I've read a lot of Hebrew Wikipedia pages, an ATL Israel list for a surviving Liberal Party.

Everyone I've used has a justification. The Liberal Party ends up a sort of mix of Meretz, Gesher and Yesh Atid by the end, I'll grant you that.

David Ben-Gurion (Mapai) 1948-1954
Moshe Sharett (Mapai) 1954-1955
David Ben-Gurion (Mapai) 1955-1963
Levi
Eshkol (Mapai/Alignment) 1963-1969
Yigal Allon (Alignment) 1969
Golda Meir (Alignment) 1969-1974
Yitzhak Rabin (Alignment) 1974-1977

Menachem Begin (Likud) 1977-1983
Yitzhak Shamir (Likud) 1983-1984

Shimon Peres (Alignment) 1984-1988
Yitzhak Shamir (Likud) 1988-1994
Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) 1994-1996

Yitzhak Rabin (Labour) 1996-2002
Amir Peretz (Labour) 2002-2008

Tzipi Livni (Likud) 2008-2013
Benny Begin (Likud) 2013-2020

Orly Levy (Liberal) 2020-present
 
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We’ve Ran Out Of Cold Storage: Prime Ministers of Singapore:
1959-1963: Lee Kuan Yew (People's Action Party)

1959 (Majority) def: Lee Yew Hock (Singapore People’s Alliance), Syed Ali Redha Alsagoff (United Malays National Organisation), David Marshall (Workers Party)
1963-1976: Lim Chin Siong (Socialist Front)
1963 (Majority) def: Lee Kuan Yew (PAP), Ong Eng Guan (United People's Party), Syed Ali Redha Alsagoff (UMNO)
1968 (Majority) def: Lee Kuan Yew (PAP), Ong Eng Guan (UPP)
1972 (Majority) def: Lee Kuan Yew (PAP)

1976-1984: James Puthucheary (Socialist Front)
1976 (Coalition with Progressive) def: Lee Kuan Yew (PAP), Chiam See Tong (Progressive)
1980 (Majority) def: Lee Kuan Yew (PAP), Chiam See Tong (Progressive)

1984-1988: Devan Nair (Socialist Front)
1984 (Coalition with Progressive) def: Ong Teng Cheong (PAP), Chiam See Tong (Progressive)
1988-1997: Ong Teng Cheong (People’s Action Party)
1988 (Majority) def: Devan Nair (Socialist Front), Chiam See Tong (Progressive)
1991 (Majority) def: J. B. Jeyaretnam (Socialist Front), Ling How Doong (Progressive)

1997-2001: Yu-Foo Yee Shoon (People’s Action Party)
1997 (Coalition with Reform) def: J. B. Jeyaretnam (Socialist Front), Ling How Doong (Progressive), Tan Cheng Bock (Reform)
2001-2011: Tan Cheng Bock (Reform)
2001 (Coalition with Progressive) def: Yu-Foo Yew Shoon (PAP), Ling How Doong (Progressive), Low Thia Khiang (Socialist Front)
2006 (Coalition with Progressive & Socialist Front) def: Tony Tan (PAP), Low Thia Khiang (Socialist Front), Zainal Sapari (Progressive)

2011-2015: Josephine Teo (People’s Action Party)
2011 (Majority) def: Low Thia Khiang (Socialist Front), Zainal Sapari (Progressive), Tan Cheg Bock (Reform)
2015-:Lee Li Lian (Socialist Front)
2015 (Coalition with Progressive) def: Josephine Teo (PAP), Zainal Sapari (Progressive), Tan Cheng Bock (Reform)
2020 (Majority) def: Murali Pillai (PAP), Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss (Progressive), Tan Cheng Bock (Reform)


Socialist Front (Barisan Sosialis): The governing party of the 60s, 70s and 80s the subsequent years of opposition and competition with the Progressive Party and Reform Party managed to get the party out of the malaise of the 90s, now back in power under the charming Lee Li Lian the party has set about bringing in new Democratic Socialist measures and reforms as well as well as strengthening there remaining trade union base (who didn't run off to join the Progressive's) and also keeping the MCP banned because of what they did during the 60s.
People's Action Party: The party that tried to bring Neo-liberalism to Singapore with mixed results, there still constantly having to wash away the stink of Lee Kuan Yew from the party's soul (his smart plan to use his alliance of convenience with the MCP Singapore faction pretty much destroyed the PAP's ability to gain a majority until the 80s when Lee Kuan Yew left). The party now is considered the party of Middle Class Conservative Liberalism and Conservative Trade Unions and not much else really which better than how it was once perceived (as the Lee Kuan Yew party).
Progressive: The Social Liberal/Moderate Socialist split from the Socialist Front during the mid 70s, the Progressive party has come in to it's own as the third party of choice for many Singapore residents who think the Socialist Front are a bit too Socialist for there taste. The appearance of Zainal Sapari and his coalition of moderate Trade Unions has given the party even more success and allowed them to retain there strong support base even as the major parties shift around.
Reform: An attempt by Tan Cheng Bock to break the Socialist Front/People's Action Party hegemony over Singapore politics, the party won surprisingly big in Singapore's first PR election coasting on Bock's populist Social Liberal appeal. The party is still popular though now that Singapore's grand experiment with a third party has passed the party is losing it's way a bit. Some suspect that the party may fold into the Progressive party once Tan Cheng Bock leaves due to his increasing old age since he has no real successor as such but for now the party will exist in an awkward limbo.
 
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Singapore as a normal country is interesting. What’s their policy on execution and corporal punishment ITTL?
Singapore is interesting because it was so close to have a normal liberal democracy before Lee Kuan Yew and the other folks who took part in Operation Coldstore got there hands on it.

Still has execution but it's rarely used, mainly in extreme cases like mass murder etc. and most of the time it's commuted to a life sentence. Essentially similar to Japan. Though Lee Li Lian has made airs of just getting rid of it altogether (the PAP have grumbled about it obviously).
 
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