If their delegates were not protected by parliamentary privilege, political parties would fall foul of the Bribery Act, the Competition and Markets Authority, the Trades Description Act, Employment Law and Companies House. They bribe and misinform the electorate, operate cartels, abuse the rights of their staff and incur levels of debt that can never be repaid.
Offering ‘incentives’ in return for votes. Not only have they routinely bribed the electorate with their own money, they are now bribing them with their children’s money as well. We are piling an enormous burden on future generations. Every baby born in the UK today is already £24,000 in debt. By the time they are sixteen, this debt will have more than doubled. Those who find work will face a punitive level of life-long taxation; those who cannot or will not work will suffer an ever decreasing level of public support. It has been known for parents to cut up an offspring’s credit card, one day our children may wish that they had been able to cut up ours.
The clearest example of political parties operating cartels is provided by the NHS, i.e. the Nationalised Health Service, closely followed by state education. Following their landslide victory in 1945, the Labour Party nationalised a wide range of assets and industries. Steel, coal, docks along with air, sea, road and rail travel were all commandeered to reinforce their support base. All rapidly developed similar problems however and had to be returned to the private sector where they quickly recovered. State education is also in trouble and displays all the classic symptoms of a failed nationalisation. Despite the usual weasel words, political parties have been more than willing to put their own interests ahead of those of pupils as well as patients. The government seeks to outlaw cartels and monopolies in the private sector, and for good reason, yet it is happy to operate its own in healthcare and education. Politicians often resort to the private sector whilst denying others that option.
Although their primary duty is to their constituents, few dare defy the Whip. Not only would their chances of promotion fade but they would also face demotion and withdrawal of their party’s support. Sanctions such as this cannot be applied in the private sector without due process and the right of appeal. Although they could continue to sit as independents, few ever do and there is currently only one independent MP in the House of Commons, the widow of a former MP.
The UK now has to borrow £131bn per annum which is £2,500 million every week just to keep operating. Almost half of this is to pay interest on debt already incurred and the UK has one of the highest levels of household debt in the world. Not only are we currently unable to reduce our borrowing requirement but when interest rates eventually rise then we will be faced with impossible repayments. The government is presently borrowing money at an all-time low of 1%. Even if this only rises to 2.5% it would more than double our present £50bn interest bill. In the private sector this would be termed as ‘trading whilst insolvent.’ Any company director who did this would be debarred from holding office for a considerable period of time.