Thursday, 30 April 2009

The Party Picking Your Pocket


A guest post from OH's favourite independent in the EU elections, Allan Wallace (yes he won the nomination against the eco hippies and ne'erdowells, thanks to all of you here at OH)



One of the things I've been forced to consider as an Independent Candidate is the question of raising money to pay for advertising, leaflets, postage and so on. Unlike the main parties, I don't have oodles of cash to hire advertising agencies and to pay for celebrity endorsement films. Like every other regular person, I have my wages and a little savings so I'm going to need help just to try and get noticed. Of course, there are rules to political donations.

It's unlikely I'm going to get a Bernie Ecclestone to hand over a million quid, but it's wise to check the rules anyway. What I discovered was donations to political parties of up to £500 can be deducted from the donator's tax bill.

What?

Basically, the donator can choose to give £500 to a party instead of the tax man.Or put another way, the political parties are legally allowed to steal taxes. Nice one guys. But they don't stop there.

I discovered this from the Finance Bill -


379AA.--(1) Tax relief shall be available to an individual (the donor) in accordance with this section on qualifying political donations made by him of up to £500 in any year of assessment.
(2) A donation is a qualifying political donation for the purposes of this section if it is made to an eligible political party and--(a) it takes the form of the payment of a sum of money,(b) it is not subject to a condition as to repayment,(c) it is not conditional on or associated with, or part of an arrangement involving, the acquisition of property by the political party, otherwise than by way of gift, from the donor or a person connected with him, and(d) the donor is resident in the United Kingdom at the time the donation is made.
(3) For the purposes of this section a political party is an eligible political party if, at the last general election preceding the donation in question--(a) two members of that party were elected to the House of Commons, or(b) one member of that party was elected to the House of Commons and not less than 150,000 votes were given to candidates who were members of that party.
So basically, the parties shut out the competition. Only a party can thieve from the exchequer.

In a cosy little arrangement they've ensured that it's extremely difficult for any new party to raise money and virtually impossible for independents.

And they call this democracy?

I felt a little guilty about putting a Donate button on my blog. I've always been pretty self-sufficient and I hate asking for help. But seeing the way the main parties have connived to weight the system towards themselves, I don't think I should feel guilty. In fact, I'm so bloody angry about this I'm going to make it my mission if elected to make all donations to politicians subject to tax. How bloody dare they imagine they can blithely thieve from us all?

And, unlike them, I'll make it clear where every penny of donations goes to so you can see what your money buys. I'll publish a clear list after the election on this blog.

As a guideline, this is what a donation will do -

# £5 pays for 300 brochures
# £10 lets me leaflet 1000 people in a city centre on a Saturday afternoon
# £50 gives me a month's worth of Google Ads
# £150 pays for 500 badges
# £200 will print 1000 posters for supporters' windows
# £500 will pay for a month's worth of Facebook adverts

So don't feal squeamish about donating. Every penny goes towards breaking the stranglehold the parties have on us all.

Donate at Allans Blog if you wish

14 comments:

Ampers said...

The Jury Team are now an official "party" even though they don't actually stand themselves.

Their mission in life is to help people stand for all the elections, MEP MP and Councillors, as Independents.

Not sure if you will be eligible though :-) They will take people on the left or on the right but not extremists. Lamp posts around Westminster may be your undoing lol

spark up said...

fuck off

cyderspace said...

correction:

"£10 gets me totally rat-arsed on special brew."

£500 gets the whole family rat-arsed on special brew for a whole week."

shit, it's getting worse than my local high street round here.

manfromthefuture said...

if you were allowed to donate to individuals, what a ripping scam that would be.

lets say you and i are both independents. i donate a wad of cash to you and you reciprocate.

we both avoid tax! there's nothing saying we actually have to spend it on campaigning.

caesars wife said...

i keep remembering jack straws , 50k donation cap , it all makes sense now ,he knew then they were going to mess up the economy . what a hoon er i mean straw

how tax could bring meaning to your life said...

if, whilst you're out there, you also discover the meaning of life, please keep it to yourself

let tax bring meaning to your life said...

01:53

thank you for butting in wife, i meant that for manformthefuture

the sherryman said...

judging by that photo, wallace looks a bit dodgy to me

Fake party alert said...

Ampers said...
The Jury Team are now an official "party" even though they don't actually stand themselves.

Their mission in life is to help people stand for all the elections, MEP MP and Councillors, as Independents.

Not sure if you will be eligible though :-) They will take people on the left or on the right but not extremists. Lamp posts around Westminster may be your undoing lol

30 April 2009 20:46


Ah yes another pointless middle of the road safety valve party, let's hoover up any protest vote that the real parties may gain and Keep Labour and the Tories in power forever!

Take you fake party and shove it up your non extremist arse.

dr fred said...

why has old holborn posted-up a black-and-white photograph of himself?

mmm...suppressing a desire to become the thing he hates perhaps...?

sobers said...

I don't think you take the £500 off your tax BILL but take it off your taxable income, which is then taxed. So the Treasury loses either 20% or 40% (depending on your marginal tax rate) of £500. IE £100 or £200, and the donation effectively costs you £400 or £300.

Chalcedon said...

Good luck, Allen.

I texted him. LOL

Kerry McCarthy's Rancid Knickers said...

"...elected to the House of Commons and not less than 150,000 votes were given..."

Who the fuck drafted this shit? Can't they even write fucking English? It should be "...elected to the House of Commons and no fewer than 150,000 votes were given..."

Adrian P said...

The New World Order doesn't do elections.

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