Friday, May 27, 2005
Parties impose at their peril
And now Labour headquarters are busy expelling those Labour supporters who worked for the rebel challenger. Nothing can be more calculated to inflict major damage on Labour in Wales than this flagrant defiance of local loyalty and local sentiment. Welsh people hate being dictated to especially by those 'sais' in London.
But what is this we seee in the Conservative Party? Few deny that the system of electing leaders, giving the final say to party members-average age in the late sixties- was a silly way of preserving the party in the aspic of views rooted in the fifties. But the way in which Central Office sought to introduce the necessary changes together with a 'piggy back' of restrictive rules on MP behaviour was equally foolish and has caused the predictable furore just when an 'orderly progression' was much needed.
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