Expenses scandal veteran joins opaquely funded political kickstarter

Joan Ryan MP in front of the Independent Group logo
John Shafthauer

The Independent Group is unlike any political party in the UK. Not because of its policies (of which it has none), but because it isn’t actually a ‘party’ – it’s a private company. This has so far allowed it to avoid declaring who funds it.

And guess what sort of politician that’s attracting?

That’s right – the absolute fucking worst!

Who funds you?

When asked what attracted her to the Independent Group, Joan Ryan put her phone down and glared at us.

“Do you mind?” she said. “I’m speaking to a man about getting a new conservatory put in.”

When asked how she’d be funding this lavish extension, Ryan tossed her head back and laughed.

“If you’ve got a problem, direct it to our complaints department,” she said – giving us the finger.

Unfortunately, it turned out the Independent Group doesn’t actually have a complaints department. It does have a ‘complaints’ page on its website, but much like its ‘policies’ page, it’s completely empty.

Who wants this?

It’s unfair to say that no one in Britain wants a political party that:

  • Has no accountability.
  • Has no actual plan.
  • Is filled with MPs who’ve supported the most unpopular political decisions of the 21st century.
  • Is 12.5% Mike Gapes.
  • Hasn’t even backed the so-called ‘People’s Vote’ it supposedly formed to support.

It would be unfair to say that, because some media types obviously do crave a ‘party’ like this. That’s why they’re avoiding any scrutiny of the above.

Featured image via Chris McAndrew – Wikimedia / Joyce1235 – Wikimedia

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