Why The Conservative Party Is Bound To Work In The Interests Of The Rich
On Thursday, George Osborne will deliver the Autumn Statement, one of two crucial budgeting announcements made by the government each year (the other being the Budget itself). It's likely to hit the poor harder than the rich and go light on the City. This article explains why we shouldn't be surprised.
1. The Conservative Party is a dying institution.
2. The Conservative Party is a dying institution (literally).
3. In fact, there are more Jedi Knights than Tories.
4. With declining membership, the Tories are increasingly reliant on a handful of rich donors.
5. These donors are often connected to the City.
6. You won't be entirely surprised to hear, then, that the government favours the City.
7. Oh, and the rich.
8. It seems to us that for as long as a party is financially dependent on donations from the rich, it is bound to act in the interests of the rich.
9. The solution? We need to restrict how parties can receive money.
We reckon the only way parties should be able to raise funds is through membership fees, with the same low fee for all members. Any further funding should come from the state as a fraction of total membership receipts.
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