I couldn't possibly argue. This is no doubt not the stuff for Dolly's Place. But here in treachery-land, this is music to my ears. Former Labour MP for Cambridge, and last year's chair of the Fabian Society, Anne Campbell has blogged about the Labour Party's National Policy Forum here.
No-one doubts that the National Policy Forum (NPF) is infinitely preferable to the policy-making processes that went before. At the time it was proposed it was an innovative and forward-looking idea and involved Party members to an extent that had never happened before. However, it remains opaque and impenetrable to the great majority. Unless it is reformed and modernized a great opportunity to reach out to parts of the Party that other methods cannot reach will be lost forever.
The NPF is a very odd out-moded beast with no effective means of communicating. Obama’s very successful election campaign and his use of electronic communication led the way in showing what is possible. We could start by having an interactive website on the Labour Party membersnet.
My sentiments entirely. In fact I recall writing to the then chair of the Labour Party National Executive Committee about that very subject last year. She like Anne has served her term as chair, but continues to represent.....the socialist societies on the Labour Party National Executive Committee, of which the Fabian Society is the most prominent. So perhaps, Anne, you could have a quiet word in Dianne Hayter's ear. I hope you have more luck than nine party luminaries or I did last year.