Incite Politics

There’s method in Labour’s working-party madness

There are many reasons why political parties are reluctant to offer voters too much in the way of detailed policy. Fear of having it stolen by electoral competitors is the most popular explanation. But, there are other fears. Party leaders are often extremely wary of giving either their caucus colleagues or (God forbid!) the party membership too much say in setting policy. The risk of embarrassment is simply too great. Drawing outsiders into the process is even more risky. Such collaboration leaves political parties vulnerable to accusations of being in the pockets of what the Americans like to call “special . . .

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