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.
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.