Cash for Lib Dem peerages
2 January, 2008
There is also a wider point. With the media we have got, is it possible for people to give large amounts of money to political parties and their motives not to be called into question? Personally I think it’s not. Unfortunately their is not much in a free society that we can do about the media and nor should we want to. So then the debate comes round to the reform of party funding.
I think, although the public won’t like it, it will come to some measure of state funding for political parties. How we manage that and keep the union link meaningful is going to be a challenge but presently how the political parties are funded in the UK is not retaining public confidence and we need to act before we get to US levels of cynicism or a future Tory government.