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Labour’s plans for democracy must begin at home | Owen Jones19 Sep 1:22pm

Labour’s plans for democracy must begin at home | Owen Jones

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Too many in the party want to deny its grassroots a say over the selection of MPs. This could hold back future starsSocialism is the democratisation of every level of society, or it is nothing. It is based on an understanding that the concentration of wealth and power leaves democracy hollowed out, and that simply trooping to a polling station every few years is an insufficient counterweight to the behemoths of global capital. Under the prevailing system, the same vested interests remain in power whoever is in office, which is why a transformative government must seek to democratise the workplace, the economy and all of society’s pivotal structures, from the media to local government. But if this is Labour’s mission, it must surely begin at home; and here, the noises are distinctly mixed. A future contest could feature no candidate aligned with the grassroots of one of the biggest parties in Europe
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