(Original post by marcusfox)
OK, so you agree that trade union members have a say because they bought their votes with the 'chequebook'. That's what affiliate membership is.
The 'party democracy' would be that David Miliband was wanted by the Labour party MPs and members, as shown by the fact that most of them voted for him.
Cruddas in his inept and ham fisted way managed to say what we already know, only he said it explicitly.
It was saying it explicitly that broke the rules, when a few weasel words would have been OK.
It’s a fuss about nothing all the political parties, of all colours, are influenced by their donors – what is wrong with this?
Provided it’s all done transparently, with all interests declared, then the electorate are free to make their choice in light of that information.
Besides, the alternative of state funding parties, would be the rest of us paying for them out of our taxes.
In a party that has one member one vote it also means the constituencies can put the boot in if something pisses them off.
Which, of course, bring us to the entirely insidious way Labour’s fiefdom does things.
Without one party member one vote, the unions get to walk all over Labour, deciding their policies and even their leader. Worst of all, allowing a complete turd like Brown to walk all over their party and, in the process, our democracy.
Len McCluskey waves the chequebook, gets to make Miliband leader and write the Labour party manifesto.
I don’t care what you say, you could never buy that kind of influence over the Tories or the Lib Dems because they are both properly and democratically constituted.