This is one of those posts where I feel I have a lot to say, but don't know where to begin.
I suppose on one level, it could be argued that now, those of us on the Labour Party know what it's like to be on the receiving end, and that is fair, but only to a degree. Jack Dromey, the Labour Party Treasurer, wants to see an inquiry and many will accuse him of protecting his back, but in fairness what would you do! Any way you look at it the man has no choice!
So, yeah, I am perhaps more understanding than I would if it was a Conservative Party problem, however this does raise some legitimate questions about fundraising! Do we stick to donations from wealthy businessmen or do we rely on Trade Union support, although the very critics attacking the government now cried foul when that happened!
Perhaps state funding via the British taxpayer? I am somewhat unhappy with that! Would you want a proportion of your taxed income to end up in the coffers of a Party you dislike whether it is Tory, Lib Dem, or even dare I say, Labour. Or worse, if it ended up in the BNP accounts.
No, that won't do, so what are the realistic alternatives?
For a start, anything related to peerages to be dealt with by an independent commission. It's not perfect, but it is better than the system right now. Just so long as Simon Jenkins comment last night on peerages on auction, such as Sotherby's, isn't seriously considered! ;)
Secondly, all parties declare full details of all loans on the same basis as donations. If there is one thing I have found in the last few years is that government is difficult, but we must keep to the standards and ethical visions which attracted us into politics in the first place. Many in the Labour Government, like it or not, are decent hard working people trying to do a decent job in harsh circumstances. Yes, some have failed the grade, yes if there has been corruption here, then those responsible should and must be punished, but many are quick to make judgements before the full details are known and many are quick to play the pious pharissee and cast the first stone. I do not believe this is the government of Lloyd George Mark II and I would not defend it if it was, but if you really want to see justice done, then pray for those of us within the Labour Party and in government, help us to deal with these dilemmas head on, recognise that the problems involve affect all the main parties and let us work together to get rid of the stench of any misunderstanding or corruption.
Unless of course, you think it is more fun being critical of the government and picking up stones to throw!