Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Links In The Chain
This one is easy. The levy being strictly optional (the pro-Cameron media lie through their Blairite teeth on that point, as they do when they still talk about "block votes"), all levy-payers and other affiliated members should be declared individual members of the Labour Party, and that would be that.
Since the introduction of opting out, there have been eight Conservative Prime Ministers. Eight. None of them has changed the law to require opting in, even though that would always have bankrupted the Labour Party overnight. Something about it just cannot be done. I do not know what that something is. But it obviously exists.
Declaring levy-payers to be individual members would be little more than a semantic change, and would merely constitute a move from a less efficient to a more efficient means of the doing the same thing. A thing which already happens, anyway.
You only pay the levy is you choose to. Anyone who says otherwise is either lying or cannot read a basic form. There is no conceivable reason to pay the levy unless you are already a Labour supporter. By paying it, you already even get a vote in Leadership Elections. You are a Labour Party member. Entirely by choice. You ought to be classified as one. Problem solved.