Consider the fall in party memberships since 1979:
Well over a million members of the Conservative party have vanished since 1979, and they didn't all leave when Mrs Thatcher did. Conservatives were once the natural party of devolved government, active everywhere at the local level with vibrant, thriving associations. And not only Conservative members have deserted their party in droves; overall, membership of the three main parties has fallen from 2.16m in 1979 to just over half a million now.
That's just 1.4% of the entire UK electorate who are members of the main parties.
Just how fair do the main party leaders think the 98.6% of the electorate who aren't party members will view being relieved of their taxes to fund these private clubs?
There is a way to re-engage with voters, increase turn out, rediscover those days of crowded Conservative clubs alive with debate and confraternity and return Conservatives to their natural role of efficient and effective local governance. This way will also strengthen British democracy - something that the contents of Hayden Phillips' report will never, ever do, despite the bare-faced lie on the cover.
Do we have the courage?