"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Friday, 27 May 2011

Friday Post

Raedwald examines an aspect of one of the causes of political moribundity in this country: political funding. The only comment I'd add is that it isn't only the young who are "anti-Party" in the UK, in fact I'd argue that those who do remember the days of the grassroots associations and clubs have more reason to be anti-Party today.

Extract only:
"The gagging stench of cronyism and corruption, privilege and nepotism, avarice and self-seeking hangs heavy over our political parties. They have become remote metropolitan elites, bereft of local grass-roots membership and support and therefore utterly alien to a generation that has never known the old Conservative Associations of the '70s, the Liberal Clubs and Labour Federations.
"[...] the Committee is going through the unadvertised stage that follows the public enquiry and gathering of hundreds of thousands of words of evidence, the stage called 'behind closed doors political horse-trading' in which all the evidence is ignored whilst they hammer out a conclusion palatable to all three big parties. The Lib Dems, with far fewer than their (2009) 60,000 members nationally, are as bankrupt as Greece and are desperate for our tax money to fund them. They won't support a report that says 'No' to tax funding for the three big parties based on their last vote share. Labour are now wholly reliant on the Unions for funds, and won't sign up to a £50k cap on donations that includes the Unions. The views of the public, and of all those who took the trouble to contribute to the enquiry, count for nothing. This matter will be decided by the party HQs and the political class. To their own advantage. " 

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