Cringe moment of the month (This must have come via inter-party memos. I doubt the Foreign Office would be so wrong): “Turning the Tide on Democratic Pessimism”: The speech David Miliband delivered at Monday’s memorial lecture.
Now that Labour knows about Marousi that fourth term is in the bag =)
But I am struck by an example from a Parliamentary system closer to home. Only one European socialist party really did well in the European elections – in Greece – is also the party that has been most radical in its institutional reforms. The changes have been profound:
opening up the party so that now over 900 000 Greeks, out of a population of 11 million, have equal rights as members or ‘friends’
tackling a macho culture with quotas for male and female representation
taking forward innovation with the use of deliberative democracy to select the PASOK candidate for an Athens municipality, and open primaries to select party candidates for local elections
promoting high standards through a Members’ Ombudsman to guard ethical standards
committing to education through an Institute for Adult Education for all officers, members and friends
improving society through Every Day a Citizen, an organization dedicated to citizen engagement
and a pre Congress dialogue with debate on the political programme in 1600 teams and committees
We need to be exploring all these ideas.