WHEN you are committed to a political cause or ideology there comes a point when you might decide that you want to make a financial contribution to the party that best matches your thinking.
In Northern Ireland you can do that safe in the knowledge that no-one will get to know about it.
All that may change with proposals to open up the names of party donors to public scrutiny.
Or it may not as the security situation worsens, according to unionist parties.
Sinn Féin on the other hand already publishes donors in the Republic of Ireland.
All of this will no doubt be a case for much debate over coming months, but we just wonder, with the economic downturn, who exactly can afford donations and why they want to splash the cash on our particular brand of politics?