During the last Parliament the risk of a Party tax-grab increased exponentially as the LibDems, parliamentary paupers, having also lost their opposition 'Short' money, lobbied hard for proposals to be brought forward. Had they formed a coalition partner in the current Parliament, tax funding would be imminent. However, the result we've got actually makes tax funding far less likely. Cameron won't gain much from it, and neither (now that their vote has collapsed) will the LibDems. The big losers are UKIP and the Greens - neither of which Cameron wants to encourage. The downside is that without tax funding, Cameron can't act to stop union funding of Labour - but I think this is a price he's prepared to pay - or even possibly to encourage, if the unions force Labour even further leftwards and even further from success in 2020.
|WHAT THEY MIGHT HAVE GOT …|
|Party||Votes||Annual @ £2||Annual @ £3|
|Scottish Nationalist Party||1,454,436||2,908,872||4,363,308|
|WHAT THEY GOT IN 2014 … (Donations – source: EC)|
|Scottish Nationalist Party||3,773,000|