UK dodgy-political-donor watch database canned
Like we need a list to find corruption
A New Labour database designed to ferret out corrupt contributions to political parties has been canned.
The Co-ordinated Online Record of Electors (CORE) was meant to make it easier for parties to spot contributions from non-resident donors as well as to run the database and deal with queries.
The Coalition government claims the cancellation will save £11.4m that would have been spent on establishing the quango, as well as saving the government its projected annual running costs of £2.7m.
The job of spotting dodgy donors will now go to the Electoral Commission. It will respond to enquiries from parties: donors are required to be registered UK voters.
to spot dodgy political donations...
SELECT * FROM Donations
All donations have to be made to a new quango. All the donations will be recorded for auditing.
Said quango then dishes out the money as credits, with a fixed amount per prospective MP. MPs are not allowed to spend their own money on their campaign, only quango provided credits. Political parties only get money by accepting credits from their MPs and converting them to money. No donations.
Normally quangos are bad; but this would decouple the giving of money to politicos and politicos doing things (possibly in return for said money).
Still have the problem with politicos doing things in office, and then leaving and going to work for the corporation who did well out of what the politicos did in office.
Oh and possibly a new punishment being caught cheating the public; loss of a hand (a la arabic thieves)
I am shocked that it's the Tories that have scrapped it, I mean who would have thought?...