Friday, 31 July 2009

Labour membership down to just 166,000

Labour's published accounts for last year show a further 'official' fall in membership to just 166,000. If one excludes members more than six months in arrears with their subs, the true total is probably under 150,000.

When Labour came to power in 1997, its membership stood at 405,000.

Labour's not alone, of course; both the Conservatives and Lib Dems have seen the same desertion of the old parties by voters. The combined membership of the three parties is now not much higher than Labour's 1997 membership alone - about 450,000, or about 1% of the UK electorate.

Contrast this with a National Trust membership of 3.5m; actually, even the Women's Institute, with 215,000 members, is better subscribed than the Labour Party.

The price of our freedom is constant vigilance. In this case, constant vigilance that the corrupt political class don't react to falling memberships by trying to steal even more of our taxes for their private clubs than they do already.

Watch your wallets and purses, folks. The thieving magpies will be flexing their fingers.


Budgie said...

The fall in political party membership simply illustrates how out of touch the politicians are.

The only remedy is not to believe that politics can be "cleaned up" (it can't), but to institute Direct Democracy. That way politicians are bypassed as power brokers and the real opinions of the electorate count for individual policies.

Bill Quango MP said...

So just 150,000 to go and we are rid of them.

Fausty said...

What's the bet the old chestnut of taxpayer-funded political parties rears its head before the general election, in the guise of beneficial 'reform'.