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Political parties should declare their donations

One of the main reasons why I am reluctant to vote in elections here is the problem of secrecy surrounding political donations.

In the rest of the UK political donations have to be disclosed, but this is not the case here.

The electorate here seem to be treated permanently rather like mushrooms; that is, kept in the dark and periodically covered in horse manure by the political parties on a whole range of important policy issues, including public-sector tendering, procurement and decision-making.

It is high time that the political parties were compelled by legislation to adopt an open government agenda, as the rest of the UK already has, and provide full disclosure concerning all donations.

As the Roman orator Cicero wisely remarked (on how access to the Senate was obtained): "Quis paget entrat" (Who pays enters).


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