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You got it - SIZE matters

Ummm, I don't think you missed out two words from the sentence - of chequebook.

Kos only came to prominence not because of the fine and committed writing on the site, (well some of it anyway) nor because of their contributions to policy formulations (even Jerome's).

They got attention cos they deliver the bucks to campains. Tehy helped make primary Dean's campaign in 2003/4 a reality by delivery tens of thousands of dollars on demand. They can make the DLC tremble as they pound away at Lieberman because they can deliver tens of thousands of dollars on demand.

It's not because of what they say that matters, it's what they can bring to the party. Heads of Trades Unions with 20 million members get your attention not because of their personal qualities but because they can afford to BUY your time.

We can't do that. We cannot mimic Kos in that process one tiny little bit. As Mig demonstrates, the EU consultation system  protects and insulates itself very effectively from contributions from its citizenry, I suppose it suits the rich & powerful to only be disturbed by the rich & powerful. They have so much more in common after all.

So if you are expecting us to be a protaganist in any tradtional form you recognise, I think first some of us will have to become very rich indeed (I would happily volnteer). Failing that, we are going to have to evolve a non-traditional form of accessing the decision process. I hope you recognise it when we do as it is unlikely to come steeped in the odour of the cold hard cash you prefer.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jun 30th, 2006 at 05:13:12 AM EST
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