|| Interesting viewing
||Oct. 25th, 2004 08:32 pm|
This is putting me *right* off my food :/
How much *is* Bradley Smith raking in, anyway?
I think the same thing is becoming prevalent in this country
Having heard a throw-away comment on Have I Got News For You I've been trying to find if there's any truth to the claim that major contributor to Labour's funds has been a consortium of American casino owners.
The only other mention of this story, was a brief snippet mentioning Tony Blair's denial that any tax concessions had been offered to American casions wishing to invest in the UK market.
I'm sure that UK politics isn't immune from this, but I've yet to see evidence of the same sort of systemic and large-scale abuse. George Monbiot's "Captive State" provides plenty of examples of smaller-scale issues, but - as yet at least - we have no Haliburton or Medicare. It really seems that the issue here is more one of naievity - of unfounded faith in the "market economy" - than of cash-in-pocket.
Thankfully, Dad and I had eaten before we watched this, although feeling bloated and hearing figures with ridiculous numbers of trailing zeros did nothing for my digestion.
I can't help thinking that a system were the representatives of the people have to raise their own campaign funds in order to stay the representatives is leaving itself wide open for all kinds of abuse. I just can't think of a better way.
Did like the coverage they gave to Doris Haddock!