Monday, May 16, 2005
Problems over the idea of 'mandate'
So on which side does the weight of the argument lie? I have to say I'm not sure as it's a throny problem. How many Labour MPs were involved drawing up the manifesto? Not many I'd say. And how much detailed discussion, with criticisms taken into acount, allowed? Not much I'd venture. What can an MP do to indicate they disagree with aspects of the manifesto? Seems to me they can only do so via their local election addresses. Especially as Labour's manifesto was about the size of a small novel this time. Until MPs have closer engagement with the manifesto producing process it seems to me they must be allowed to express their democratic disagreements with the party leadership. This is a problem for the leadership rather than the rebels to solve.
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