Something like a national executive committee is needed. If members in good standing in each region elect one member, this would give it democratic accountability. But this executive must have real teeth. This means complete access to the party's accounts. It also means vetting of the leader's hirings and firings, vetting of manifesto and constitutional changes, the last word in party discipline and the final say in who stands for local, general and European elections. We should, in short, be moving away from our dictatorial roots.