For the record I have not been invited to supper at Dave and Sam Cam’s in the private flat above Downing Street.
But these latest Peter Cruddas revelations make it more urgent than ever that political donations are properly regulated. I am proud to belong to a party which is in the pocket of neither big business nor trade unions. The Liberal Democrats receive their funding from the party membership subscription and from individual small donors – getting more of those than does Labour which remains 90 percent dependent on trade union funding.
It was interesting to hear Conservative Minister Francis Maude on today’s BBC Today programme say that people could not buy influence in the Government precisely because it is a Coalition – yet again the Liberal Democrats are acting as a force for decency.
Predictably Labour has climbed on the cash for access bandwagon. It’s as though no-one remembers all the similar scandals (and worse) which blighted their occupancy of Number 10. I would have more respect for their faux outrage if they spotaneously volunteered to change the trade union levy so that members have to opt in to the political levy rather than opt out as is currently the case. That would instantly put pressure on the Conservatives to give ground and we might be able to stop the sleaze merchants once and for all.