It doesn’t take very much for political leaders, parliamentarians and local politicians to convince themselves that it is a matter of the public interest that they should receive more money from the taxpayer. Whether it comes in the form of improved salaries, benefits, allowances or subsidies for their party organisations, the basic demand is for more.No doubt this is the same argument employed by every unsuccessful thief, robber, mugger and burglar in the country; if only the State gave me more money I wouldn't need to steal.
A common response by politicians to scandal is that the fault did not lie with themselves or with their accused colleagues but with the system. Political parties and candidates ‘need’ money for legitimate purposes. Had it been provided more plentifully by the state, the scandal - whatever it might have been - would have been avoided.
Jack Straw will bring forward proposals in Parliament for more State funding at some stage. The British public have already indicated that this is unacceptable. I think not only do we want a freeze on State spending, we also want to see a substantial reduction in current spending. This is not a decision for the politicians - they will always vote for more - but for the people.
As Wendy Alexander might say, bring it on!