- A “draft” report proposes the state funding of political parties
- I went to the cinema - with anticipation – to watch “Ides of March”
The cash, worth up to £100 million over a five-year parliament, would be used to compensate parties for a loss of income as a result of a £50,000 cap on individual donations, it was reportedly proposed.
The Conservatives are expected to lose out from the cap, arguing that it will result in the party losing up to a third of its income from donors.
But the Liberal Democrats have much to gain from the new arrangements as they have less independent income than the other two parties.
In a country where we elect an individual to represent us (we call that person an MP, in the USA it’s a congressman, senator or president) why is it felt necessary to institutionalise party politics?
Near the top of the tottering pile in the government's too-difficult tray lurks the question of paying for politics. From time to time another committee is sent off, like Noah's dove, to search for a solution that will be both acceptable to the public and reasonably equitable to the parties. In the next few weeks the latest attempt at an answer will be revealed. As we report today, some degree of state funding will be part of the mix.
And as a result the corrupting Westminster bubble will no longer be a force of nature but will be an institution of the state.