Peter Hain, appointed to the job by Labour leader Ed Miliband, has put out a document, “Refounding Labour”, which is to be the new basis for the review of party structure opened by the Labour conference in 2010.
Hain writes of:
● “tension between rank and file members, affiliated organisations, and elected representatives”;
● “trend towards open [sic] discussions with all views being summarised and forwarded [to the trash-bin] rather than voting on old-style resolutions”;
● “members… wonder[ing] what the point is of trying to influence policy-making…”
● “CLPs holding discussion meetings… without any tangible link to actual policy-making…”
● “command and control culture”;
● “party members [feeling] they had no influence on policy outcomes”.
Activists should contrast Hain’s document with Labour Party Democracy Task Force report, and make submissions to the consultation accordingly.