Outside the marginals

a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

Cash for Votes – again

So the Labour Machine is at it again.

If you joined early this year responding to the “join and be a full part of Labour”, your membership contract apparently does not include the right to vote in an election that was not in the offing when you joined and which was called many months after you joined.

The appeal court has decided that the NEC (the top machine of a party that understands machine politics) is allowed to disqualify a group of members from having a right to vote in the leadership election. Presumably the NEC has something against this group of members. Breach of Contract does not apply – you cannot ask for “specific performance”.

But wait all was not lost …After the election was called there was a chance – for a few days – whereby you could buy (for £25) the right to vote.

So join as an ordinary member more than six months before the election – no vote.

Pay £25 after the election was called – you get a vote.

Looks like a good old fashioned variation on “Cash for Votes”. It’s the sort of elitist arrogance that so many have come to expect of the two old parties and their central machines.

I trust that all those disqualified voters will get compensation – £25 looks like the going rate.

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