Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Priority number 1: electoral reform

My LabourList column is now up. Alex Smith, LabourList's editor has sourced an amazing picture of a Chartist rally in Kennington- just as worth looking at as the article itself!

The piece concludes by arguing:

Labour must revisit its radical roots. Radical politics depends on political reform. A pluralistic and open politics is a necessary corollary of social justice. The next year may or may not be the last opportunity to do this. Why take the risk?

There is no worse prospect imaginable than sitting in opposition and ruing what might have been. And by demonstrating that Labour is committed to fundamental change, it may just show that, whatever they claim, the Conservatives are the status quo. That would be a timely reminder in an election year.

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