Hands off taxpayers’ hard earned cash.
If a political party cannot fund itself through membership fees or donations then it should wither and die.
That is one of the more sensible comments that left in response to a typically sycophantic outburst from Steve Richards in the Guardian.
People have the freedom to join political parties or not, to donate money to them or not. However it seems that if we use that freedom to reject the parties and withhold our money from them, the establishment will remove our freedom by compelling – through a law to which we will not be asked to give assent – the confiscation of our money for their own private, party political use. They will attempt to justify this in much the same way Richards tries with this appeal:
We need parties. The alternative is nightmarish […]
[…] Virtually every dark story in British politics over the last 30 years has a connection with the funding of politics, but without funding parties cannot function.
In other words, they want us to believe there is no alternative to the parties bar anarchy; and all the examples of dirty dealing and misbehaviour by the parties to hoover up cash have only happened because of our unreasonable refusal to voluntarily hand over our money to subsidise their vested, tribal interests. It is only the because the parties have made themselves irrelevant, by treating the electorate as if we are irrelevant that they find themselves in this position. And now they are going to compound the problem.
The softening up process of preparing the way for theft on an industrial scale – not for purpose of providing essential services, but for nothing more than the maintenance of parties with agendas that run contrary to the wishes of most people – is well underway. Richards’ piece is just the latest call from within the establishment for state funding of parties. Its inception would represent a staggering abuse of power.
Do you think such an obscene state of affairs could ever come about in a democracy? It must be opposed aggressively.
Longrider has a post on this subject saying much the same thing, in his own inimitable way…