December 26th, 2013, 12:14 AM
Reform Act 2013.
File under "bold nonsense."
A conservative backbencher has introduced the "Reform Act" to "bring the power back to the people." It has three planks: first, that the party leader only serves at the pleasure of caucus; second, that the leader of the party cannot decide to remove someone from caucus; third, that the leader could not veto a candidate from running under the party name.
The trouble is, the first proposal is already the case. Members of Parliament can pick whomever they want amongst their number to be the leader of their party or indeed the country. They don't, but passing a law to announce that something legal is now...still legal...hardly seems like the solution to weakminded party members just doing what they're told..
The second proposal is a matter of internal party policy and should remain so. If a party wants to have a committee decide who can be kicked out of the party, that's their business. It's not like they have the power to kick anyone out of Parliament; it's only their party affiliation at stake.
The third is actually a bad idea. Of course anyone can run for Parliament. But of course if you want to run as a Conservative or a Liberal or a New Democrat or a Green you must have the party's permission! You can't just call yourself that and be entitled to have them take your word for it. To me it makes sense to have the leader confirm it, but again that is a problem for each party to solve as they see fit.
Anyway, dumb but popular law, likely destined to fail like most backbench legislation, which you can read about here:
December 26th, 2013, 04:17 AM
Re: Reform Act 2013.
I thought it had already died....
December 26th, 2013, 08:16 PM