A very disturbing comment from a previous Party leader

It appears that William Hague is deeply concerned about the appointment of Elizabeth Truss and one can assume that he or perhaps many of us are also opposed to the appointment of Boris Johnson and some did oppose to Theresa May based on the way she was removed. He was being promoted in this article in the Independent “potentially Conservative MPs should get to decide on future party leaders rather than the Tory grassroots, former leader William Hague has said. The ex-leader of the opposition said it would “be better” for elected politicians to take the decision out of the hands of members. Asked if he wished the decision did not lie with the grassroots, Mr Hague told Times Radio: “Yes, is basically the answer to that”, adding that small memberships was an issue that confronted all parties. He said the shift towards membership votes two decades ago was based on the idea “that if you give people a say they will want to get involved” in political parties. “In fact, the world has changed,” said Mr Hague. “Society has changed. People don’t join organisations in the same way. So that assumption turned out as turned out to be wrong. And it would be better … for the members of parliament to have the full say on who the leader is.”

It is certainly important that MPs determine which of their colleagues would be a suitable Leader and potentially who would be a Prime Minister, but the members of the party should also be considered as they are some of the people who see things outside of the Parliament and perhaps more importantly, they are reflecting on their communities. It would also be interesting if the Party was willing to call for responses from people outside of the political group. However if the MPs select two possible leaders and then ask their members to determine who would be the best of the two, that should not be wrong. However it was clearly disturbing how some very significant MPs did not get close to the top two people. Perhaps the members of the party could participate at the beginning of the process and then ask the MPs to select the most suitable person at the end?

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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