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Friday, 18 September 2009

The Advantages of a Single Party State

1) All MPs would have the same rights.

2) All MPs would have more rights under this system.

3) The one-party constitution would be our constitution really, because if our political representatives do not have a right to free expression and the ability to dissent from the leadership, the people are not being properly represented.

4) Such a party can countenance any view and people holding a particular view, however unpopular, can still hold it even if they are in a minority and cannot have their way.

5) It will enable our MPs to vote according to their consciences, because under such a system all votes would be free votes.

6) In this constitution will be the condition that NO MEMBER OR GROUP OF MEMBERS CAN DEPRIVE ANOTHER MEMBER OF HIS POSITION AND MEMBERSHIP WITHOUT A PROPER HEARING, ALLOWING THE MEMBER PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION AND A PUBLICISED APPEAL.

7) There would no longer be any problems about party funding.




RECOMMENDED RIGHTS FOR MEMBERS (CRIBBED FROM THE CONSTITUTION OF THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY):


Party members enjoy the following rights:    

1) To attend relevant Party meetings, read relevant Party documents, and benefit from the Party's education and training.
    2) To participate in the discussion of questions concerning the Party's policies at Party meetings and in Party newspapers and journals.
    3) To make suggestions and proposals regarding the work of the Party.
    4) To make well-grounded criticism of any Party organization or member at Party meetings, to present information or charges against any Party organization or member concerning violations of discipline or the law to the Party in a responsible way, to demand disciplinary measures against such a member, or call for dismissal or replacement of any incompetent cadre.
    5) To participate in voting and elections and to stand for election.
    6) To attend, with the right of self-defense, discussions held by Party organizations to decide on disciplinary measures to be taken against themselves or to appraise their work and behavior; other Party members may also bear witness or argue on their behalf.
    7) In case of disagreement with a Party resolution or policy, to make reservations and present their views to Party organizations at higher levels even up to the Central Committee, provided that they resolutely carry out the resolution or policy while it is in force.
    8) To put forward any request, appeal, or complaint to higher Party organizations even up to the Central Committee and ask the organizations concerned for a responsible reply.
    No Party organization, up to and including the Central Committee, has the right to deprive any Party member of the above-mentioned rights.

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