For a healthy balance of views in public life, it's important that a range of views are represented. Groups like the TaxPayers' Alliance and Greenpeace refuse to take taxpayers' money, but there are a plethora of groups in receipt of it – many of which then openly campaign against the elected government of the day and/or lobby for even more cash.
Since 2009, the TPA has called out publicly-funded bodies and appointments for inappropriate political activity. We have stood against groups raging a guerrilla war against the taxpayer, dragging the public discourse to the left when that’s not where voters have necessarily been.
We need to clean up the state by ending taxpayer-funded lobbying; balancing public appointments, with diversity of opinion paramount; and holding to account the web of quangos and public bodies that quietly dominate every aspect of our lives.
We have been researching this issue since 2004:
Quangos report 2006-07: the unseen Government of the UK
The case for abolishing regional development agencies
Regional development agencies: having a ball at the 2008 party conferences
Quango spending on communication soars
Funding surprises from the EU grant list
Taxpayer funded lobbying and political campaigning
ACA to YJB: A Guide to the UK's Semi-Autonomous Public Bodies
Members of the board: holding quangos to account
The expansion of the EU quangocracy
Regional development agencies exposed
Taxpayer funded environmentalism 2010
Taxpayer funded environmentalism 2012
Members of the board 2016
The quangocrat rich list
Independent NHS, simpler quangos
Nanny state rich list 2018
Taxpayer funded lobbying and political lobbying 2020