Monday, 19 November 2012

Kelly peddles his corrupt fix

Tax funding for private political clubs returns to the agenda today as Christopher Kelly uses the Indie to push his corrupt fix that would throw money at the old dinosaur parties alone without any remit or permission from the taxpayer. 

In return for a donations cap for political parties, there would need to be a mechanism to allow them to increase funding by other means, argued Kelly's committee. So far so good.
  • He could have recommended tax-relief on party membership fees for all registered political parties.
  • He could have recommended a £1-for-£1 tax contribution for all registered parties on all small donations from individuals
  • He could have recommended each voter having the option of nominating a registered political party for a £3 a year tax donation, or not so doing, with no linkage between this any any election vote cast. 
All of the above would have preserved individual voter sanction over tax funding, allowing those utterly opposed to any tax funding to withhold it. All of the above would have encouraged increased local membership and engagement with parties. So what did Kelly choose?

He picked Hayden Phillips corrupt fix whereby each party with sitting MPs only would be given £3 a year for each vote cast at the previous general election. Never mind that voters voted for a local MP, not to give money to the parties. Never mind the millions of tactical votes cast for parties the electors would not otherwise give funding to. Never mind that five years is a long time in politics and popular support can rapidly vanish, as the LibDems have found. Never mind that registered parties with very large numbers of votes but no MPs would get nothing.  

Kelly's proposals would benefit only the Big Three incumbent parties; his proposals are so utterly flawed, so anti-democratic, so biased towards big-state centralism and the existing political class that they can only be described as corrupt. No fair and balanced committee chair would dream of advancing proposals so skewed, so distorted and which have the effect of excluding any change or challenge to the existing order. It is an establishment fix with one aim only - to preserve the political status quo in the face of voter revolt and disenchantment. As such we must spew it out as a foul draught, a filthy, toxic brew. 

NB Channel 4 Despatches 8.00pm tonight on sleaze and corruption in Parliament - 'Are they still at it' - worth setting the Betamax for.

4 comments:

G. Tingey said...

I agree.
What's the odds of this screwing of our pockets will go ahead?
Remember that the Lords cannot block it, because it is a financial measure.
Can they propose amendements, though?

right_writes said...

Sometimes one wonders at the blissful ignorance of the people that do not seem to care about the bleatings of bloggers and their very worrying stories....

...But it was encouraging to. hear about the very low turnout for the PCC elections last week.

Perhaps if that message really hit home, and only four yokels and a handful of acolytes turned out to vote at the next general election, those old dinosaur political parties might disappear up their fundamentals.

OK...

Maybe just very wishful thinking.

Brightside Bob said...

The Liebour party, at least, are now assured a good turnout - they have 'imported' their core vote.

They don't even need the plebs, who still 'think' Liebour represent the indigenous working class.

Roll on next December, when the Romanians/Bulgarians arrive enmass...

James Higham said...

Kelly's proposals would benefit only the Big Three incumbent parties; his proposals are so utterly flawed, so anti-democratic, so biased towards big-state centralism and the existing political class that they can only be described as corrupt.

Meanwhile, Radders, the sun rises in the east.