Notepad on Life

March 27, 2012

Public funding of politicians? Never and here’s why…

Filed under: politics — - @ 11:25 am
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Official photographic portrait of US President...With the Tories’ own goal on party donations raising the appalling prospect of renewed calls for political parties to draw on the public purse, a timely put-down for the idea comes from across the Pond.

The arms implications of  Barack Obama’s off-mic promise to the Russian president I’ll leave to those more qualified to comment but his following quote is relevant for any democracy:

“This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”

For anyone who didn’t immediately decode it, here’s what that statement is shorthand for:

“In November of this year, I have to go through this charade, in which I promise my people anything that I think will get me back into the White House. Once that’s attended to, I can do pretty much what the hell I like regardless because I’ll never need the support of those schmucks again.”

Now this hardly rates as bombshell news where politicians are concerned (although it’s telling that they don’t seem particularly bothered about concealing the way they operate any more) but it’s the perfect Exhibit A to wave in Westminster’s face when you and I are asked to fund Britain’s variation on this tired old theme.

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  1. Reblogged this on emmageraln and commented:
    I don’t see how the 2 issues relate. Politicians are mostly dishonest, one area they are open to temptation is via a need for funding…

    Comment by emmageraln — March 27, 2012 @ 11:55 am | Reply

  2. I have to agree with the comment above. What are you trying to connect other than your political direction? As far as the topic goes, political parties and political campaigns before elections should be limited to/with public funds. The problems are coming with receiving checks from “donors” that expect “service” after election. A word about Obama, you are aiming at the wrong guy.

    Comment by V. — March 27, 2012 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks for your comments. The issues relate because it is bad enough having to watch politicians be completely different people before and after they have our votes in their pocket. The thought that public money that might have gone to education or overseas aid is instead funding this pantomime only rubs salt into the wound.

    And V, I have no political direction here. I would actually like to see Obama returned to office, partly because the Republicans seem in utter disarray and partly because I am still unsure just how good or bad a president he is and I hate unfinished business.

    Comment by - — April 1, 2012 @ 10:22 am | Reply

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