One person, one vote is a concept Labour doesn’t apply to itself.
Unions already have influence over policy and selection, soon they will have a vote on the party’s leadership.
The privilege of voting for the leader will also go to registered supporters and interest groups within the party and members.
“Caucus will be one proportion of the votes cast,” Shearer said.
It is understood MPs are likely to retain 40 to 50 per cent of the votes, but it is not clear if they will be cast as a bloc or by individual MPs. Members will probably have about 40 per cent of the vote, with affiliates – such as unions, Maori, and the youth and rainbow wings – making up the rest of the vote.
Two or 3 per cent would be set aside for registered supporters who are not members.
This begs the question: if unions and registered supporters have these privileges, what does the party offer to make it worth people joining as ordinary members?