Monday, March 26, 2012
Cash for Access Scandal Would make Karl Marx Smile
"Secret corportate lobbying, like the expenses scandal goes tothe heart of why people are so fed up with politics. It arouses peoples' worst fears and suspicions about how our political system works with money buying power, power fishing for moneyand a cosy clubv at teh top making decisions in theirown interest. We must be the perty whcih sorts all this out." David Cameron on lobbying 2010.
Given this uncannily accurate analysis by the man at the top of an apparently very 'cosy club' in the Number 10 flat, we can understand how angry Cameron must be at the ST's revelations yesterday. Peter Cruddas seems to be the most crass incompetent and, from what we gather, Arthur Daley dodgy Treasurer the Tories have had amidst some pretty tough competition. To offer up access for sale like that more or less proves Marx was right, that democracy is a sham and that all the big decisions are made by big business in private. It is an appalling blow for the coalition and much worse than the cash for coronets scandal which hit an already mired Tony Blair in 2006.
Coming in the wake of a budget which has created headlines for giving a tax cut to the richest 1% and frozen the tax allowances of the elderly this latest scandal, which shows how the Tories run their affairs, this is the worst political news to hit Cameron since he came to power in May 2010. What is also shows is that it is past time some sense was applied to the way our political parties are funded. I wonder too if an irate Murdochis n't having his own back on a politician who has let him swing in the wind of the phone hacking scandal...?
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