Letter: Labour: the rebels without a clause

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OF COURSE the Labour Party should adopt the principle of 'one member one vote' in its selection procedures. It would then be up to trade unions to encourage members to join the party.

There's nothing anti-socialist about enabling people, whether as trade unionists, party members or citizens to vote as individuals. Nor is there anything inherently socialist about a block vote or nationalised industry.

If we want democratic socialism, as I do, then clause IV is a diversion from the essential business of bringing power to people as individuals in all the collective institutions that frame our lives.

Now that most of our public services are privatised the priority is not to renationalise but to make every major enterprise democratically accountable - to community, consumers and, crucially, the workers it employs.

Greg Wilkinson

Llanelli, Dyfed