The cosy Westminster club looks after its own. Mandarins and ex-mandarins such as Hayden Phillips and Christopher Kelly also have a stake in maintaining the status quo of 'one in, one out and Buggins' turn', hence the corrupt and distorted recommendations of their respective 'independent' inquiries. The club's self-preservation mechanism is nowhere more apparent than in the distribution of over £9m of tax cash to the big parties;
|P.D.G. 2012/13||Short Money 2012/13||Cranborne Money 2012/13||TOTAL||% of 2010 election votes||% of tax funding|
This isn't an argument for PR; I'm convinced that FPTP remains the best electoral system for this nation. No, it's an argument for bringing to an end the pernicious distortion of throwing tax money at some parties but not at others. This funding encourages central, Statist parties in league with a central, Statist mandarinate and Big Corporatism. The total of £9.33m is equal to 311,000 members paying £30 a year each - a membership total that not one of the big three parties can come even close to. With a combined membership of less than 450,000, fewer than 1% of the electorate, this tax funding almost gives them equal match funding in lieu of real members. It's a disgrace; it's distorted, corrupt and exclusive. And we must end it.