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Posted in party funding by ukliberty on October 26, 2008

Aaron Heath on the latest Tory funding scandal:

Of course all parties are equally guilty. Labour have little reason to be proud. And the Lib Dems? Don’t get me started. They’re pretty much all as bad as each other. The entire system is fucked.

Of course those with a stake in the system will explain how this justifies public funding of political parties.

(Such as Denis MacShane.)

I think this sleaze actually proves just how illegitimate the ‘big’ parties have become. If people are not interested in becoming members or donating to political parties, what’s the point of their very existence?

Francis Maude (Horsham, Conservative) said the other day,

Democracy requires there to be political parties

That’s arguable, but it certainly doesn’t require the ones we have at present, that’s for sure.


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  1. Paul Lockett said, on October 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    The Isle of Man has functioned without political parties until very recently and even now, around 80% of the elected representatives are independent, so I’d say Francis Maude has it wrong.

  2. ukliberty said, on October 26, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Paul, it seems as if you think Parliament should be a place for evidence-based policy-making!

  3. Paul Lockett said, on October 26, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    I won’t be holding my breath!

    I find it almost amusing that the definition of democracy used by politicians has diverged so much from the original Athenian approach, where there were no political parties, few elections and most political posts were filled by random selection, in order to avoid the kind of corruption, sleaze, rent seeking and regulatory capture that we’re neck deep in.

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