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Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Lib Dems fail to secure State party funding

Only one small glimmer of hope shone from yesterday's debate on the PP&E Bill - the failure of the Lib Dems to secure State funding for themselves.

The defeat by a majority of 229 votes of their motion to cap private donations at £50k means that the State funding that parties would have deemed necessary had the amendment gone through has once again been postponed.

And I say postponed - not abandoned. The three main parties are facing the grim prospect of their combined memberships dropping below 1% of the electorate for the first time ever. There are only two ways out; remain as central Statist organisations with no grass-roots involvement and use tax money to pay for it, or return power and authority to local neighbourhoods, communities and local political associations and re-grow party memberships.

No prizes for guessing which of the above represents the parties' comfort-zone.

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