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Why we need full public funding of election campaigns

12 Jul 2017
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Taking private donations out of the equation would help restore trust in the political system – and we’re already partway there, writes Mike Steketee.

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Let’s be optimistic and say that it’s never too late to start restoring trust in politics and its practitioners. It is not as though we can return to some golden age of democracy, when voters considered politics an honourable and noble profession, because such an era never existed, at least not on this side of ancient Athens. But the healthy scepticism we used to display towards politics has developed a more malignant form, uncomfortably reminiscent of 1930s and 1940s Europe.

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