Biased though I may be, I think that it is a victory for justice; even Iain Dale agrees and, as we know, he holds no brief for UKIP.
Iain reports that the Electoral Commission were “disappointed” at the result.
This is the first time that the law on donations has been tested in court. We will study the judgment carefully and will consider whether to appeal. Public confidence in our democracy depends on political parties abiding by the rules. The commission will continue to intervene where necessary to make sure those rules are followed.
I am not surprised; if I were to decide to take the risk that my organisation were going to look like a collection of party-partial vindictive knob-jockeys I, too, would actually want to win the case.
The Electoral Commission are a total farce; they have failed to act over far dodgier donations to the LibDems and NuLabour; they have totally failed to act against the utterly corrupt postal-voting system, and the ludicrous farce in the Scottish elections (when, in some areas, the number of spoilt ballots was larger than the winning candidate's majority).
They are not only partial and pointless, but toothless too. That this is the first time that the donations law has been tested in court is, in itself, slightly unbelievable; that they should lose in the one significant action that they have brought is—whilst a relief to us UKIPpers—almost beyond belief.
Let's abolish this bunch of cowboys and form an Electoral Commission that might be of some use in monitoring and enforcing parity and probity in our elections.