Last Sunday’s cover page of The Journalist features a troup of loud monkeys goading a horse and a couple of cranes to continue pushing for state funding.
The dejected animals encircled by the rascals appear to complain:
“…. And No Matter What We Do Or How We Spin It, They Are Still Gonna See State Funding As Monkey Business”
The Journalist is right: no matter how you look at it, state funding for political parties is indeed monkey business.
But The Journalist is also wrong: the horse wants no part of the monkey business, so it should not be there.
The Constitution does not permit state funding for political parties – plain and simple. So there’s no point in arguing about the need for state funding. If state funding is needed – and needed critically – then first amend the laws. Otherwise, no matter how state funding is justified, it must ultimately be subjected to the laws of the land.
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