We all know and understand that the Conservatives are the party of the rich and of vested interests but who funds them.
The Tories might be really shit at running the country but certainly very good at raising money. Now unless Munquins New Republic have given in to the begging letters he receives from the Tory Party it would be interesting to try to see who funds them as they are way ahead of the rest by sqillions of pounds.
From having a wee skiffy it appears that the Tories are mostly funded by bankers and hedge funds, many of the individuals involved have been elevated to the House of Lords, of course nothing untoward is going on there then. The Electoral Commission have reported that Wonga, a banker and two billionaire hedge fund managers head a list of Conservative donors in the final week before the general election donating £1.16m in the final full week of campaigning, is it any wonder that the Tory Party would rather hunt down benefit claimants than tax avoiders.
Now I have no love for the Labour Party, and there is a great deal of criticism about the funding they receive from the trades union movement, but it is clear that without it the Tories would just dwarf all parties in relation to raising money and they already do when it comes to the SNP, the Green party and the Liberal Democrats.
There have been arguments over the years about solely funding political parties via the public purse but when we are still buying nuclear weapons and giving tax cuts to the rich that is just not viable, plus most of the general public would have a fit anyway. We might however need to look at the rules again around disclosure and lobbying, because there is no way that anyone is telling me that those individuals are not influencing government, and I have no doubt the unions influence the Labour Party. Either way who really runs the country and who for, I don’t think it’s for the majority that’s for sure.