One Leader , Two Leaders or No Leaders ??
The Green Party in England and Wales are due to announce if their members have voted to change the party's policy of having two "principal speakers" as leaders. About 7,000 people have been balloted on whether the current set-up should remain, or if the party should have a single figurehead instead.
Changing over to a single leader would help to strengthen "democracy, participation and effectiveness" according to Caroline Lucas , at present one of the "co-principal spoke-persons " to use Green Party nu-speak for leader . "Leadership is the inspiring, organising, motivating force that makes sure good ideas actually get put into practice," she said
Well , whats wrong with a political party that has a membership who don't require a leadership to make its decisions , that has an executive council which doesn't determine policies , that has a general secretary whose role is to administer and not to control ?
Whatever failings the Socialist Party has , it is the failings of its members and not of a leader. There are no continual recriminations about sell-outs or betrayals . No eternal search for the correct guru .
As Eugene Debs said"I don't want you to follow me or anyone else. If you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of the capitalist wilderness you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into this promised land if I could, because if I could lead you in, someone else could lead you out.”