Just that in the UK, they’re a little more honest about it
Which partyâ€™s fundraising techniques are more elitist, less grounded in the real world of ordinary people, and less democratic? Itâ€™s a tough call.
This week, weâ€™ve seen Left-wing trade union magnifico Len McCluskey set out his shopping list of things he wants in return for his Unite union tossing another ÂŁ12â€‰million into Labourâ€™s coffers.
You see that? Â Unions telling LabourÂ what they want in return for they money, but at least it is out in the open there.
One thing you can say about Mr McCluskey â€” though it is not necessarily to his credit â€” is that you know where he is coming from. Whereas it is usually not clear what donors to the Tory Party expect or get in return, Red Len shamelessly sets out his stall.
One of his sidekicks, Steve Turner, told a fringe event at Uniteâ€™s policy conference in Liverpool this week that his union wanted a Ministry of Labour in a future Labour administration. In a secret recording passed to the Mail, Mr Turner also said that Unite will press for the repeal of trade union laws. Read more »