Sunday, May 31, 2009

Whither the big parties?

Via Letters From A Tory, I see that Raedwald has been speculating that the reforms engendered by the expenses scandals might lead to a serious restructuring of party politics.
Attention will now start to shift to the state of the parties. With an electorate in the UK of 45m, the combined membership of the three main parties barely exceeds 450,000, or 1% of the electorate.
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So what will become of the big, central, Statist parties with their hunger for vast sums of cash?

Well, I think that I can guess. Despite Raedwald's contention that "the public mood has now turned unequivocally away from any suggestion of State funding", I am afraid that these thieving cunts still haven't realised this. Or, possibly they have realised it, and they just don't give a shit.

Because here is an article by James Purnell at CiF: can you guess what he says?
Amid the current anger at politicians and politics we must bite the bullet of state funding for political parties...

You know what, James, you thieving bastard? You go fuck yourself, why don't you? Go fuck yourself with a big, splintery stick wrapped in barbed wire, salt and lemon juice. Go on: fuck off and get fucked.

Or, as Longrider so eloquently puts it...
No, no, no! A thousand times, NO!

If a party cannot secure funding from people who want to support it because they believe in its values, then it fails, pure and simple. I do not support the core values of the three main parties, I therefore do not want a penny of my money used to fund their election campaigns. Parties survive or die because of their grass roots support. If they alienate that support, then they must pay the price. I used to be a Labour party member and happily paid my membership fees. When I realised that the Labour party did not share my standards of ethical behaviour, I withdrew that support. I’ll be damned if they should take it back by force, which is what Purnell is proposing. This is highly unethical.

Unethical? Sounds like standard Labour policy to me...

5 comments:

Tim W said...

Though with the government giving large sums to the Labour-funding Trade Unions, through the Union Modernisation Fund, does Labour not already benefit from state funding?

It can be seen on the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform website here: http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/employment/trade-union-rights/modernisation/page16097.html

Longrider said...

I was being polite...

FlipC said...

Though disagreeing with their proposal I can sympathise with the underlying point of view. Stating that any party that cannot secure funding from people fails comes under scrutiny if you consider a thousand Labour supporters giving £10 each compared to one grandee giving the Conservatives £10,000 (or vice versa) and any influence they may gain from that.

While money doesn't translate into votes in can buy an effective campaign and a 'grassroots' organisation with much support but little funding may find itself bought out on the advertising front, and haemorrhage supporters drawn in by slick and pervasive propaganda.

Yes you could argue that the party's not really supported if it loses support so easily, but with all due respect to our race we can be a little short-memoried and easily distracted by the shiny, especially when plied directly before voting.

What this proposal does highlight is the statist nature of the government, a similar level of control could be accomplished by introducing contribution caps along with scrutiny that disallows the wealthy to contribute multiple times in other people's names.

But no they turn straight to state-funding as the answer; the universal panacea to all our woes.

Jules said...

The vast majority of comments left at CiF on Purnell's extraordinary brain fart indicated that he should go fuck himself, mine included.

As Dale writes, "out of touch; soon to be out of office." Purnell is nearly as caustic an irritant as Sion Simon. Both deserve to have their unbearable, idiot smugness removed with an electoral P45.

The Penguin said...

Surely it should be "Wither the Big Parties" and as soon as fucking possible??!

The Penguin