Read the full article, written by Frances Foley, originally posted on LabourList.

At last Labour is talking about power: who holds it, where it lies and how we should better distribute it. We applaud Gordon Brown commission’s serious attempts to decentralise, devolve and democratise. The report is a welcome intervention that anchors questions of power and democracy at the core of Labour’s political project.

And yet the vision offered up through the Brown commission lacks the depth and breadth needed to address our democratic malaise and respond to people’s appetite for power. In two key ways, the proposals fall short: failing to involve citizens and the public in designing a new democracy from the start; and overlooking one of the most important structural changes this country needs to respond to the challenges of 21st-century government: proportional representation.

Read the full article, written by Frances Foley, originally posted on LabourList.


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