Back to that State funding deal. Only parties that returned MPs, and that returned MPs who take their seats, are eligible. That rules out any funding for UKIP (917,832 votes), the BNP (563,743 votes) and Sinn Fein (171,942 votes) but guarantees funding for the Greens (285,616 votes) and the Alliance Party (42,762 votes). However, 59.1% of the funding will go to the Coalition - helping Clegg and Cameron cement their incumbency and crowd out any challenge to their dying parties from newcomers.
It stinks like rotten mackerel. It's a lousy, corrupt, venal subversion of tax funds for crooked political ends. It's anti-democratic, it's a naked and avaricious grasp for power at a time when the old parties are coming to their natural ends, with a combined membership of less than 1% of the electorate they're now thieving our taxes to keep their cosy private clubs solvent. It's a foul and filthy pillage of public money for private gain.
I had been prepared to give the Coalition the doubt, but in less than a week they've shown their true colours.
Prepare for battle, gentlemen.