French presidential primaries: what do they tell us?

A Parti Socialiste Francais banner on a demonstrationA turnout of over 2.5 million voters in the French Socialist Party (PSF) presidential primary: more than 5% of the electorate, well over twenty times the membership of the PSF, paying at least €1 to participate and each allowed to cast their vote at one of almost 10,000 polling stations across France. An impressive exercise, there is no doubt, a level of “engagement” way beyond what anyone expects for our own Labour Party “registered supporters” scheme.  So what can we learn from it in Britain? Continue reading