PR and AV are problems not solutions Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 June 2009 07:41

by Peter Willsman
Secretary of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy and member of Labour’s NEC.

The public’s disgust at the goings-on at Westminster is being exploited by the supporters of proportional representation (PR).  They are trying to suggest that the electoral system is somehow to blame and they put forward PR as a panacea to solve the problems.  New Labour is in a panic, and in their desperation to find something to take the heat off, many of its supporters are also opportunistically talking up the attractions of “electoral reform”.  All this ignores the convincing reasons why our Party has supported first-past-the-post (FPTP) for all these years.  It is because FPTP produces majority Labour governments.  People join Labour because they believe majority Labour governments offer the best hope for a progressive future.  In stark contrast PR means coalition governments and little or no chance of majority Labour governments.

No Love Lost For Labour's Hard Right Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 June 2009 15:35

The Guardian’s Comment is Free has published a contribution from Ken Livingstone this weekend on the situation facing the government. You can take part in the debate online by clicking here. If you are not already registered with the Guardian it’s quick and easy to do.
Ken's column is reproduced below.

End dodgy parliamentary selection processes Print E-mail
Monday, 25 May 2009 12:36
by Gaye Johnston

 Equal opportunities selection processes for vital public sector jobs are now the UK norm.  The system was pioneered by Labour Councils in the 1980s when the author was a Darlington councillor. It is therefore surprising that, since 1994, one type responsible public post (which pays £64,000 per year plus generous expenses) has been filled using a selection process which resembles a very steep gradient playing field. These are the dubious Labour Parliamentary selection practices which have recently been uncovered in the selection at Erith and Thamesmead.  Fortunately the problems at this selection have now been fairly resolved but they were but the tip of a vast and long buried iceberg.
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