But the suggestion of more public funding for political parties is one I’ll oppose vehemently.
Public funding makes it sound like it’s someone else’s money.
But public money is our money, taken from us in taxes to be used for the public good.
That’s things like health and welfare services, education and roads. It’s not groups of people who voluntarily come together in the hope of changing the world, or a small part of it.
In New Zealand we have a very low hurdle for membership to allow a group to register as a political party – just 500 people.
No other group which is so unrepresentative could justify tax payer funding to make its voice heard and there’s no reason to make a special case for political parties.