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December 19, 2007

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dearieme

How about having a vote to blackball all the candidates that members couldn't stomach, then drawing lots among the acceptable candidates?

Matthew

Could run the general election in the same way - initial vote, then another one.

Matthew

Could run the general election in the same way - initial vote, then another one.

dearieme

My suggestion was lousy: it would lead to a competition to be as bland as possible, just to avoid being blackballed.

Roger Thornhill

Apart from the discussion on how, first is the who.

If having a good campaigner is good for our interests, then this should be "rewarded", as you propose. If a good campaigner is not in our interests in selecting a leader, then that skill should not be rewarded or supported via the selection mechanism. Our mechanism should not work against the skills we want/need in our leader.

I believe it is more complex still.

People cleave to a winner. I also think some side with a strong and vindictive contenter so as to avoid retribution. The unopposed leadership bid of Gordon Brown could well be an example, with nobody wanting to be seen to support an opposition against a likely winner who would not forget. Conversely, people would have no compulsion to vote for Ming Campbell if they did not want to, knowing he is too much of a Gentleman to bear grudges.

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