Labour money-go-round

I have written before about how the Labour government manages to get public money into the Labour party’s coffers.

It looks as though some high profile artists may have learned a thing or two from Labour’s playbook. The Telegraph reports that a number of the artists who donated work to Livingstone’s fund raising art auction are in line to receive around £300,000 if their work gets to be on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth.

Guess where the decision about the winner is made. That’s right, the office of the Mayor of London.

8 responses to “Labour money-go-round

  1. This has the same potential for conflict of interests as when Stephen Noris was Chairman of Jarvis, director general of Road Haulage Association, and standing for mayor of London. He was so closely associated with Jarvis that the company had to delay issuing financial results until after the election.Had Noris won the election he would have been responsible for a number of contracts relating to London transport. In comparison your suggestion of conflict of interests in the arts world is a trival issue.In the meantime Boris gets donations from Lord Laidlaw who continues to keep his money in Monaco to avoid paying tax in Britain.

  2. This has the same potential for conflict of interests as when Stephen Noris was Chairman of Jarvis, director general of Road Haulage Association, and standing for mayor of London. He was so closely associated with Jarvis that the company had to delay issuing financial results until after the election.Had Noris won the election he would have been responsible for a number of contracts relating to London transport. In comparison your suggestion of conflict of interests in the arts world is a trival issue.In the meantime Boris gets donations from Lord Laidlaw who continues to keep his money in Monaco to avoid paying tax in Britain.

  3. So jimmy you don’t dispute James’ thesis about Labour secretly funding itself with taxpayer’s money?

  4. So jimmy you don’t dispute James’ thesis about Labour secretly funding itself with taxpayer’s money?

  5. Haven’t they told us that they want public funding for political parties? Otherwise there is the potential for corruption.

  6. Haven’t they told us that they want public funding for political parties? Otherwise there is the potential for corruption.

  7. Secretly stealing taxpayer’s money is quite different to agreeing a new funding system for politics with the other parties. Public funding will ruin our political system. Many Labour people concede that in this regard the market should operate. If a party can’t inspire enough enthusiasm to garner lots of small donations then tough luck. All the main UK and Nationalist parties pretty much agree on donation and spending caps. Only Labour wants to cling to it’s large union donations, the money for which isn’t voluntarily given by members (you have to opt out). Using large amounts of public money rather than fundraising has a corrosive effect on political parties. This has already happened to the Labour Party. The ‘Union Modernization’ money was a poison chalice.

  8. Secretly stealing taxpayer’s money is quite different to agreeing a new funding system for politics with the other parties. Public funding will ruin our political system. Many Labour people concede that in this regard the market should operate. If a party can’t inspire enough enthusiasm to garner lots of small donations then tough luck. All the main UK and Nationalist parties pretty much agree on donation and spending caps. Only Labour wants to cling to it’s large union donations, the money for which isn’t voluntarily given by members (you have to opt out). Using large amounts of public money rather than fundraising has a corrosive effect on political parties. This has already happened to the Labour Party. The ‘Union Modernization’ money was a poison chalice.

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