With the funding of political parties hitting the headlines, suggestions have been made for the state to contribute to campaign costs. Such calls are misguided. Confidence in the UK’s political system can be restored through the provision of information about funds, rather than through costly, bureaucratic measures paid for by the unwilling taxpayer. This paper urges the Neill Committee to reject all forms of state subsidy and to avoid premature answers to an important question.

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