Monday, 18 May 2015

New Labour Funding Plan

As the unions are getting itchy about funding, this is the new plan:-

  1. Allow anyone to vote for the Labour leader for £3.
  2. Hundreds of thousands of Conservatives pay to put the worst candidate in the job
  3. Election is lost
  4. New leadership election
  5. Repeat


mombers said...

I think this is an interesting idea. Bribery is a huge problem in all political systems and if parties are reliant on 'donations' the system will be perverted. Public funding would be ideal although not many people on this site will agree :-)

JohnM said...

I like the conceit that my financially supporting a party of my choice, in order to get the policies of my choice is perverting the system.

Bayard said...

Mombers, but where is the cut-off point? Will Mark be able to get funding for the YPP? Would George Galloway have been able to get it for his personal political party? What about independent MPs, do they get anything?

I think it would be better to severely limit the amount political parties are allowed to spend.

Mark Wadsworth said...

M, I disagree, I am against state funding of political parties.

JohnM, so yes, by reverse logic, they have to be privately funded. The Labour party was set up as the political wing of the trade union movement, so I have no problem with that.

B, I'm not sure that's the issue. The most valuable "funding" the parties get is free propaganda from the newspapers (mainly Tory, but so what) and you can't tell newspapers what to write, however corrupt their motives.