This is a particularly dire complaint about money in politics:
Ministers have been accused of wielding greater influence than they have admitted over the terms of a multibillion-pound “levelling up” scheme that critics claim favours Tory-held areas.
The government has received criticism for the terms of the £4.8bn levelling-up fund, after it emerged that dozens of Conservative regions were placed in the top tier for assistance, despite their relative affluence. Ministers responded to the backlash by saying they “did not have any of the political influence” suggested and had left the scheme in the hands of civil servants.
However, Lord Blunkett, the former home secretary, has raised serious questions about the claim,
So, first level of answer. If Ministers aren’t to decide where our money goes then what the hell are we paying ministerial salaries for? That’s rather the aim of the game, isn’t it? That we elect people to sort out the detailed stuff for us?
The second level of answer is that of course such power is going to get used. That’s why we vote for the people who might become Ministers. We vote in the hope, however forlorn, that our own economic interests might be favoured. That’s why all the lefties bemoaned the working class voting against their own economic interests when it was for Fatcha. So, Ministers in a government voted for by gammons favour gammons – this is how the system is supposed to work.
And at the third level there’s that usual projection by those on the left. The accusation that they are doing what we would if we could. Or, in fact, we did. Back when Blunkett was in government that’s exactly what Gordon Brown did do. He changed the allocation method of the uniform business rates. To a system which hugely favoured taking money off richer areas and giving it to poorer areas. It was purely by chance, of course it was, that the richer areas voted Tory, a party which Brown was not of, and poorer areas voted Labour, a party which Brown was of.
Ministers do what they’re elected to do, favour their supporters. Even Blunkett’s guide dog would grasp that but then Labradors can be quite bright.