I’m instinctively attracted to the idea of state funding for political parties, designed to remove the temptation to allow powerful groups (both corporations and trade unions) and individuals to distort democracy.
The most powerful group in society is The State. We elect politicians, at least in theory, to direct that State. You know, to represent the various power groups in society in their battles both against and to direct that State.
Having the politicians funded by the State makes them subservient to it: there\’s no damn point in having them at all then is there?