Blair, Cameron and Ming will soon start chorusing that because of their past crookedness they should be rewarded with more taxpayers’ money. State funding of politics will not clean up politics, it will make it worse. All the various proposals ignore the reality – most people think there is already too much politicsin our lives, people don’t like politicians and they certainly will not welcome even more glossy leaflets through the letterbox paid for out of their taxes.
If the legacy of Levy’s shenanigans is the state funding of political parties we will all have been robbed by him. Is it too much to ask them to raise their own funds from their own supporters? By all means allow tax breaks to donors, but taking taxes from people with no interest in politics to finance their foolery would be making crime pay. Crime must not pay off for politicians. The American colonialists fought a revolutionary war with the slogan “no taxation without representation” this time the slogan is “no taxation for representation“.