Until fairly recently, one could access the Electoral Commission's website, use the link to party accounts, be presented with a list of political parties, and view their annual accounts not only for the current year but for previous years.
You try it now. They've redesigned the website making it practically impossible to access this data. Go on, try it. Instead of a list of parties they've got a search box and a date range. Try a query on 'The Labour Party'. See, it's pants. It doesn't work. It's a mess.
How curious that that this amateur non-functioning website has been revised to make it impossible to access party accounts just at the time when Straw is drafting a bill for the State funding of the parties, when Labour are due to publish last year's accounts and reveal another spectacular drop in membership numbers.
OK, so here's a competition. A crisp tenner will be mailed to the first person to find the link on the Electoral Commission's website to Labour's 2007 annual accounts.