I picked-up on the Guido Fawkes website today the "Great news that the backhanded theft of millions of pounds of taxpayers money by the Labour Party, also known as the Union Modernisation Fund, has been scrapped."
For those readers who didn't know how this worked, the illustration opposite explains the rather convoluted process of robbing Peter to pay Paul.
With Ed Milliband now the odds-on favourite to beat his more telegenic brother David (I'm going to lose that £5.00 bet) to become the next leader of the Labour party, Baldric, aka died-in-the-wool socialist, Tony Robinson, is going to have to come up with a truly cunning plan to replenish the Party's empty coffers, now this particular avenue of funding has been closed.
While none of the main political parties have unblemished records when it comes to raising large sums of money, I really do think that funding the Labour Party at the taxpayers expense through this particular 'Quango', now to be axed with may others, is an affront to our rather tatty-looking democracy.
However, it's reported that the biggest cost to the taxpayer still remains paid staff time spent working for the unions by public sector employees. That is time spent away from delivering public services and representing a union instead. Paid staff time is estimated to have cost £67.5m last year.