It was with a heavy heart that the Daily saw the Enough is Enough adverts back in the dead tree press.
To reprise, Enough is Enough is a well funded organisation, bankrolled by city bankers, that was set up by Pete Myers (pictured below) lobbying for reform of political parties.
The group is lead by bankers, who have decided to spend large sums of money on political adverts to stop people like bankers from spending large sums of money on politics.
They seem to be fairly well meaning people, but their proposals to cut political donations would probably actually make things worse.
Their proposals are: limits of £10,000 on donations, donations from private individuals only and state funding for parties.
The upshot of this, of course, would be to cut organised labour out of politics. It would be fine for a host of wealthy individuals to pay into parties, but it would be completely illegal for a group of people to band together in a democratic organisation and have a small part of their subs given to a party collectively.
Not only are Enough is Enough uber-individualists, but they also seem to want the Tories to be by far and away the best funded party. The Tories have a far wider base of wealthy supporters, who could be persuaded to pony up ten grand here or there. With the trade unionists out of the picture, the Labour Party would have to look for even more business donors to keep up with the funding base that Enough is Enough would allow the Tories.
It’s also interesting that they are not willing to undergo the same rigorous declaration of donors that the “cr£p” political parties have to go to. All they will say about their donors is that they are: “funded through voluntary donations by its members”. Very revealing indeed.
These people have passed from being quaint wackos to being the rich and powerful’s useful idiots. The Daily is laying down a challenge to Pete Myers and his secret friends. Why don’t you want members of unions to pay collectively to a party? and why won’t you even reveal who your funders are?