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He who pays the piper...

July 31, 2021 5:26 PM

Snake charmerHistorically the Liberal Democrats have struggled financially ae we are not supported by corporates or the trades unions who fund our main competitors. Generally we rely upon many small individual donations. The notable exception was at the last general election when we received a big jump in donations. Our strong stance against Brexit encouraged those businesses and individuals who saw great costs to them from leaving he EU to make donations to allow us to make the argument.

We got thinking about this following a report in the Financial Times ( Property donors provide one-quarter of funds given to Tory party | Financial Times (ft.com)) that property donors provided one-quarter of funds given to Tory party in the past two years ( some £18m). It may be pure altruism on their part but our recent experience suggests the money follows policies which support their commercial and personal interests.

Could it be anything to do with the contentious liberalisation of England's planning system which appear to benefit housing developers as the proposals take local approvals out of of the process and centralises the setting of build targets. It has never been explained why getting approvals should be made easier when developers have land banks of approvals for build of over 1 million properties which they are already sitting on.

Next time your local area is threatened with a large development of "executive " housing at prices unaffordable for local people without including houses to rent or buy at reasonable prices or developers are not pressured to make good cladding and building safety faults which are blighting the lives of millions of leaseholders unable to move across the UK and you wonder why it is happening this may be why.

So if you think "something needs to be done" to address local needs which seem to be being ignored as nothing changes, get involved in fighting the proposals. You can rest assured the government is getting plenty of contrary advice!!