A meritocratic challenge doesn’t have to be complex to start out. It can be as simple as saying that any member in “good standing” has the right to challenge XYZ positions. There would be caveats of course, i.e. you can’t challenge someone during critical campaign moments, but in general you would, for example, be able to contest for the role of Party Leader if you think the existing Party Leader isn’t up to the job.
This would be handled by the National Executive Committee, which is the maximum decision-making body for the entire organisation. Think of them as the Board of Directors of a publicly listed company. You become a member of the NEC by virtue of being voted in by the “shareholders” - in this case, the members of the UKMP.
In such a case, the members are the ones who have the ultimate power as they are the ones who vote for the NEC members.The question then becomes one of deciding what the requirements for becoming a UKMP member should be and what rights and duties each member shall have.
In your previous post you mentioned no membership fees. I object, finances will be tight enough as they are and it’s essential to have at least 1 source of income.
So one of the requirements is a membership fee which should be thought about carefully. How much can people afford? How much would you as a meritocrat want to contribute to the Party? (Particularly if this is the sole source of income or the major source of income for the party’s activities). Often it’s something in the range of £1-10 a month (£12-120 a year).
In the PDF I uploaded, I kept this from the UKIP constitution:
4.1.1 Membership of the Party shall be open to any natural person who shares the
objectives and core beliefs of the Party and who agrees to abide by this Constitution and
any Rules which may from time to time be made by the Party and who have not been
excluded from membership by virtue of rules made under Article 4.2.1 or Article 4.2.2.
4.1.2 Members are considered to be in “good standing” if at any given moment:
a) their subscriptions are up to date; and
b) they are not subject to any suspension or exclusion by the Party either from elected
office or from standing as a candidate of any sort in any election; and
c) they are not subject to any form of suspension or restriction as to their membership of
Members who are “in good standing” shall receive a membership card and the Party’s
newsletter either by post or electronically. They shall be entitled to vote in all relevant
internal Party elections or ballots, provided that no new member shall be entitled to vote in
any such election until 28 days have elapsed from the commencement of his membership.
I think membership should basically be open to anyone who identifies with the meritocratic ethos. The main concern one could have with members having total power over the party is that non-meritocrats infiltrate the membership base - but this can always happen and by placing excessive restrictions or requirements on party membership, we’ll end up putting off people who would have otherwise joined but couldn’t or wouldn’t because of all the requirements.