Some even more unequal than others

Labour’s rules allowing affiliate unions to vote for its leader makes some members more equal than others.

Those who are both individual members of the party and a voting delegate of an affiliate union or a member of a union which will allow all its members a vote will get two votes.

Rob Hosking points out that a few members are even more unequal.

All MPs get two votes, one as a member of caucus and the second as a member of the party. But those who are members of affiliate union will get a third vote.

That is a perversion of democracy where all people are supposed to be equally equal.

4 Responses to Some even more unequal than others

  1. Andrei says:

    Why worry about it? You’re not a member of the party, nor me either. Labour will make its choice and live with the consequences, which hopefully will be electoral oblivion


  2. Armchair Critic says:

    I’m not aware of any requirement for political parties to have a democratic structure for appointing its leadership. Theoretically a party could have its leadership appointed by a board.
    Before you get too wrapped up in your criticism of the particular form of democracy used to elect the leader of the Labour Party, yo might want to consider that an individual member of the Labour Party gets to have their say, and it counts for something. There’s no doubt in my mind that you already know that the National Party Constitution specifically prevents any of its members voting for the leader, except for extremely small and select group that are elected to parliament. Everyone else is disenfranchised. And you have the gall to criticise Labour’s version of democracy.


  3. homepaddock says:

    Electoral law requires parties to abide by democratic processes in their list ranking, I’m not sure if that extends to other functions.

    A party leader has to have the full confidence of her/his caucus and I therefore have no problem with selection being confined to MPs.

    But however it is decided it should be done democratically with one vote per person.


  4. Armchair Critic says:

    Many forms of democracy allow more than one vote per person. Often a second “casting vote” is available to the chair of a committee, voting at company’s AGMs can be done by shareholding. There’s no good reason to insist on one vote per person for political parties. Especially ones you are not a member of.


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