I went to the Hansard Society's launch of its eighth annual Audit of Political Engagement last night. Details of which can be found here.
The Preface states:
People are happy to be spectators rather than players...only three in 10 agree that if people like themselves get involved they can change the way the UK is run.
That begs the question of what on earth Labour's leadership thinks it is playing at dangling opportunities to the general public to vote in future internal leadership elections, select Labour candidates in its Refounding Labour 'consultation' document published on Tuesday. An error compounded by offering the same old 'black hole' type of consultation operated by New Labour that led to spectacular defeat at the last General Election.
Surely the gamechanger will be persuading many more members of the general public that they can shape the way the UK is run by paying a subscription and joining the Labour Party?
What will underpin that will be giving members a say and the financial remodeling of the Labour Party so that the full rate membership subscription can be halved to an affordable £20/annum, and membership quadrupled.