Saturday 25 February 2017

David Quinn: Forget corporate donations, it's gender quotas that worry me

David Quinn

David Quinn

I WAS delighted to read the following headline in this paper on Wednesday: 'Government reneges on pledge to outlaw corporate donations.' They shouldn't be banned.

On the other hand, there was the very bad news that the Government will use state funding of political parties to blackmail them into ensuring that in the future, 30pc of their general election candidates must be women, rising in time to 40pc. The fact of the blackmail is worse than the imposition of the quota.

In fact, this truly awful initiative, about which quite a few women TDs and senators are commendably wary, is a very good argument in favour of banning state funding of political parties, not corporate funding.

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