Since before the turn of the year, the SKWAWKBOX has been emphasising the need for Left members of the Labour Party to organise to take delegate positions at Labour’s annual Conference in Brighton.
The right-wing, faux-Labour faction successfully did it last year and used its presence in Liverpool to push through the anti-democratic appointment of two extra NEC members, a measure that is still damaging the party. They’re already organising to try to do it again – and prepared to use any underhand method to achieve it.
The Left needs dominance in Brighton to win approval for the McDonnell Amendment, a vital rule-change to ensure Labour’s huge left-wing majority always has a candidate to vote for in any future leadership election. The right wants dominance to try to prevent it.
But it turns out that’s not the limit of their ambition – as this Twitter exchange involving Labour First’s arch-rightwinger Luke Akehurst shows:
The old ‘electoral college’ system was undone under Ed Miliband to democratise and reinvigorate the party. The right-wingers recognise that they can’t win in a democratic party and are quite prepared to return to the bad old days if it will protect their privilege.
Under that system, 250 or so Labour MPs would count as much as the entire membership of over 500,000. Of those, a mere 170 blairites would hold a majority and have as much weight as the more than 300,000 left-leaning members.
That small group of overprivileged, self-entitled space-wasting bench-fillers – that most of us wouldn’t trust to wash dishes – thinks it deserves to nullify the wishes of the members of the biggest political party in Europe.
On the grounds that it would be ‘best’ for the party, because they’ll throw their toys out of the pram otherwise, no doubt. They cannot, must not be allowed to succeed.
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