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Party funding is not the real problem

We need to change the way we do politics before we can think about how to finance it

By Peter Kellner  

David Cameron and his wife Samantha leaving a Conservative Party ball. © Chicago/Chicago/EMPICS Entertainment

Yes, there is a problem of how we fund politics—but the far bigger problem is how we do politics.

To keep things in perspective, consider what happens in the United States. There money has the power to distort elections. Candidates face no limits on what they can spend—and no curbs on how much television airtime they can buy.

Twenty years ago in…

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