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