- Errant members must be punished, but after being given an opportunity to be heard.
The biggest criticism of our political parties is their apparent lack of internal democracy.
The leaders tend to run these organisations like personal fiefdoms, where decisions are often made with a streak of dictatorship and intolerance.
This is so and yet the parties are often very critical of any flaws in the running of the national government. Indeed, parties have become adept at preaching water and drinking wine.
They must avoid a throwback to the grim days of single-party tyranny.
Parties are governed by rules and regulations. It would, therefore, be illogical to join one if one does not believe in its philosophy.
Sadly, this appears to be the nature of our crude politics, with parties reduced to vehicles for ascent to political office.