So when Clegg also promised in his 'big speech' today to go ahead with "reforms to the funding of political parties to end the culture of big donors" you can read the code; State funding for these dying private clubs. The Lib Dems have barely 60,000 members, so Clegg's avaricious and rapacious grab for State cash to compensate for the unpopularity of being a LibDem can be understood, if not condoned.
This is my Red Line, as it will be for many Conservatives. It's time Dave grabbed his choke-lead and repeated a firm command "No. Bad."
This is something I'll go to the barricades for, and I know I won't be alone.