I was asked by openDemocracy to comment on their investigation into the dark money think tanks behind our incoming Prime Minister’s agenda. This is what I had to say:
Liz Truss being a puppet for dark money interests is, unfortunately, the rule of how British politics is done, and not an exception to it. The climate crisis, spiralling wealth inequality, and heel-dragging on the cost of living crisis must be seen as a democratic crisis writ large.
These are as much a result of the failure of markets, as they are a sign that our political system has been captured by and run in the favour of a small handful of private interests. We have a democracy too weak to prevent this kind of corruption. This must change.
The government has the power and tools needed to address the cost of living crisis.
Extending the windfall tax, nationalising utilities, funding a mass home retrofit, and establishing universal basic income and services, are just a flavour of what is both possible and pragmatic.
The only reason such a programme will not be delivered is because it will not favour the private interests who are benefitting from the cost of living crisis. That includes the funders of dark money think tanks which appear to be driving the incoming Truss Govt’s agenda.
Image credit: “Liz Truss MP, Minister for Education and Childcare, at her speech setting out government plans to promote more great childcare” by Policy Exchange is licensed under CC BY 2.0.