Do we want a country where any organisation can throw millions into election campaigns? Of course not, and it is for this very reason that the Labour Party introduced strict limits on 3rd party spending in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.
Don’t let the Tories suck you in. What they are trying to achieve, quickly and in time for their General Election campaign, is an attack on free speech. They know they are on borrowed time and if they can stop Charities and Trade Unions speaking out about the devastating affects of their policies, they will. This is about votes. This is about power.
So what about the scandals that prompted this debate? Well actually, they’re pretty irrelevant. David Cameron has carefully crafted a bill that would leave the likes of tobacco lobbyist Lynton Crosby well alone. In simple terms, Lynton Crosby would still be free to advise the Prime Minister on tobacco policy, but Cancer Research UK would be stopped from campaigning about it.
A pretty clever move by David Cameron.