Duhh…wot? Party funding? Don’t understand…
Seems that the Milipede has thrown his hat into the ring in the debate over the funding of UK politicial parties. He wants to see donations to the parties limitted to £5,000. Or does he?
For some time it has been perceived by the general public that the unions have a stranglehold on the Labour party. Given that the party was formed out of the union movement, I find it hard to understand why people should find this hard to accept. But these are troubled times!
The Labour party has had a bit of a rough ride lately. No sooner has the budget given them a boost in the ratings than George Galloway comes along and wipes the floor with them in a safe Labour seat. So what to do next?
In calling for a £5,000 cap on contributions, Miliband has pulled a shrewd political manouevre. He knows damn well that the unions won’t go along with it but at the same time it strikes the populist note, safe in the knowedge that his lords and masters will never have to oust him for the move because the Tory party will never accept it.
So basically he is diverting attention away from the real issues of the day and making mischief with his opponents.
And at the end of the day, there is always the argument that it is not the unions that give Labour the money but the individual members. So it’s not really a half million quid donation – it’s just a hundred thousand individuals donating a fiver each. Well within his own rules should he ever need to avoid being hoist by his own petard.
I am reminded by this man of a riddle : What’s the difference between a politician and a toddler?
Answer – one is an immature person and the other is a baby.