Can someone please explain to me what is so wrong about a political party's being funded by large membership organisations' collection and passing on of small voluntary donations from their individual members?
Can someone please explain to me when and why anyone ever gave money to a political party for no policy reason whatever?
And therefore, can someone please explain to me why in the world the unions are still facilitating such collections for New Labour, or indeed ever did?
After all, it was the unions who organised to save Labour from the very sectarian, privileged, permanently freshman-minded Leftists who nevertheless created New Labour when all their Christmases unexpectedly came at once with the death of John Smith.
And those sectarian, privileged, permanently freshman-minded Leftists still have exactly the same contempt towards the unions and their members that Tony Benn legendarily displayed towards the old EEPTU (electricians and plumbers, now indirectly merged into Amicus) when he was Energy Secretary and Industry Secretary, leading it to refuse to nominate him for Deputy Leader in Opposition because "we reject [your] attitude of aristocratic disdain".
When are today's trade unionists going to reject, from the wallet, the new ruling class's attitude of pseudo-aristocratic disdain?