In the Guardian/ ICM poll, published today, only 20% agreed that public money should be used to finance political parties. A whopping 77% thought it should not.
Yesterday, from the Electoral Commission, we learnt what the political parties spent their donors' money on. Here is my colour-coded top ten of 'General Election expenses' which explain why voters don't trust politicians with their money...
- Cherie's £7,700 hair bill;
- Alastair Campbell's £47,000 consultancy bill (remember how AC had to leave Downing Street in 2003 after disgracing his office?);
- £100,000 to convert a bus into the Prescott Express;
- £299 on Star Trek suits (to ridicule Vulcan Man John Redwood);
- £441,000 from the Tories for the Crosby-Textor firm of Lynton Crosby;
- £3,500 for groundhog costumes for Tory workers to dress up in outside Labour's 'stuck-in-the-past' HQ;
- £6,000 to run a 'Value for Money' press conference (my favourite!);
- £3,638.35 on make-up for Michael Howard... and a little under £1,900 on make-up for Charles Kennedy;
- £350 on hand-made shirts for Charles Kennedy and another £4,800 on five suits.
- A £20+ bar bill at an Exeter hotel.