The publication of Deal or No Deal: how to put an end to party funding scandals by the Electoral Reform Society has made me pause for thought on this issue.
For the electorate to be engaged with politics a system that represents them and that they have belief in is necessary. For the purpose of this post I am discussing the party funding issue exclusively.
With public trust in the current system at a low reforms are necessary. The ERS has suggested three ways of reforming party funding
1. A cap on the amount anybody can donate to a political party. This would reduce the possibility of a party being influenced by an individual or group.
2. An increased element of public funding for parties. At this time when the public is very aware of public funding cuts suggesting increases for parties will probably raise much objection. Bringing us in line with average European expenditure would be a start.
This would be a funding of the democratic system itself to give us stability. Its far from a perfect solution.
3. A cap on the amounts parties are allowed to spend.
These suggestions should be the basis of starting to reform party funding not the end.