Yes to AV – funded by bloodstained Soviet goldPosted on November 11, 2010
There are many reasons why the country should vote a solid No to AV in the forthcoming referendum (they are excellently laid out here) but one of the most unexpected came out this weekend. It was covered in the Sunday Times, whose paywall sadly resulted in it garnering little follow up, but it seemed worth picking up on.
It turns out that the headquarters of Unlock Democracy, who are prominent leaders of the Yes campaign, were bequeathed to them by none other than the Communist Party of Great Britain. The CPGB, as we now know, was funded by the murderous Soviet regime, and went on to become the New Politics Network – which then merged with Charter 88 to form Unlock Democracy. By the candid admission of Unlock Democracy’s Peter Facey, this means that “Moscow gold is ultimately helping the Yes campaign.”
I met Peter Facey when we both testified on MPs’ expenses to Sir Christopher Kelly’s Inquiry last year. He seemed a nice enough chap, albeit one with some pretty bizarre views on how government and democracy should work. I doubt that his house is secretly full of red flags and vinyl copies of “Now That’s What I Call Internationale Speeches 1952″ – though who knows whether Unlock Democracy still has former CPGB members on its books.
As bizarre a story as this may be, it does matter.
How can Unlock Democracy keep a straight face as they claim to be “the UK’s leading campaign for democracy, rights and freedoms” when their very existence is underpinned by the donations of stolen gold from a (happily destroyed) murderous regime? The people who were killed, enslaved and robbed in the process of raising the funds to buy their office at 6 Cynthia Street would have dearly loved some “democracy, rights and freedoms” but they were denied it.
More importantly, how can the Yes to AV campaign seriously accept material or support from such bloodstained sources?
The opinion polls show that the more the public learn about AV, the less they like it. On this distasteful evidence, the same will be true of the Yes campaign itself.
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