“They are one and the same thing as far as we’re concerned…”

If you’re going to ban corporate donations to political parties then it is, at least, consistent to also seek to ban donations from trade unions as the Green Party are proposing.

Chairman of the Greens Senator Dan Boyle said yesterday that the party recognised no distinction between political donations from a business corporation and a trade union.

“They are one and the same thing as far as we’re concerned: it’s the same principle. That legislation is being prepared by the department for the autumn.”

It was envisaged that no distinction would be made between business corporations and “corporate bodies in general, including trade unions”, none of whom would be allowed to make political donations.

That is, if you’re going to ban corporate donations.

Because those political parties will seek alternative sources to finance their activities.  And the most obvious one will be even more public funding.