* Each party gets 60p per vote in Westminster elections and 30p per vote in European or devolved elections
* This would cost £28 million per year
* In return Parties (including Labour) would have to cap all donations at £50,000
In short it's a cosy stitch up between the mainstream parties with nothing at all for smaller fringe parties. Naturally, this is to prevent any going to the BNP. Now don't get me wrong, I don't want the BNP to get any money either, but if we start bringing in rules which discriminate against a party we don't happen to like but is perfectly legal, then we are on a very slippery slope indeed. I actually think it could be completely counterproductive and perversely make the BNP more popular, as they play on the fact they they have been hard done by by the political elites.
As an aside, I had to laugh at the LibDem response to these proposals.
The Liberal Democrats will oppose the pence-per-vote scheme, arguing that
it fails to take account of tactical voting, and would mean that voters would
subsidise parties they do not really support.
Pathetic. If the argument is that it will stop tactical voting, I might be all in favour!
View the 18 Doughty Street advert against State Funding HERE.