Saturday, October 25, 2008

Party funding

Your humble Devil doesn't really have too big a problem with the ban on political donations by foreign nationals, but I did have my suspicions as to why the Labour government introduced it; Kerry McCarthy has very kindly confirmed those suspicions...
This would cover a situation, say, where an overseas donor gave money to someone in the UK so that they could pass it on to a political party, which would be solely to get round the ban on foreign donations. (A ban which, you may recall, was introduced because Greek shipping magnates—like John Latsis—and others were funding the Tories to the tune of many millions).

So, the ban was introduced in order to screw over the Tories. After all, Labour knew that they could always fall back on the the Unions' money-laundering of taxpayers' money for their cash.

3 comments:

Rory Meakin said...

Solution - donors must be:
1) On the electoral roll.
That's it.
Donations must be:
1) Recorded by consideration and donor and available for public inspection.
That's it.

No companies, no unions, no foreigners.

mister_choos said...

Also to piss off Sean Connery and the SNP I believe.

Almost worth the deceit just for that really.

xelent said...

Indeed... This whole debacle tory nulabour funding etc... It just shows where they're allegiances lie?...

Not sure how any of them will find a publically acceptable way to raise cash for themselves...

of course, for the most part we ignore the reality of political funding... Left or right...