I bet you never expected to see that post title here, but the recommendation made by Monbiot in his Guardian column on party funding is spot-on. The party funding proposals made by the Kelly Committee, like those of Hayden Phillips before, would lead to even greater political corruption, jobbery and peculation than now, and are intended solely to establish the incumbent three big parties as Parties of State and fossilize British politics. Kelly is utterly unacceptable.
Yes, the Union block levy needs to be ended, as does the buying-up of the parties by wealthy corporations, so there must be a cap on donations. Yes, we must end the metropolitan centralism of the parties that pollutes and infects our democratic health - and yes, the way to do this is by legislating to make all the parties dependent on their membership subscriptions alone for income.
Matching membership fees pound for pound from tax, as Monbiot proposes, will be a step too far for many readers, but I think as a temporary measure to effect a sea change in party funding, to return democracy to the grass roots and to break the stranglehold of Whitehall on Westminster, it's a good move.