Well, well, well, surprise, surprise. What was spotted on Liberal-Democrat Nick Clegg's list of demands? Yes, taxpayers' money to bolster the finances of his party. Check out the third set of demands.
According to Gary Gibbon's Channel 4 blog:
The list includes “Hayden Phillips” reforms – the re-writing of the rules on party funding. This suggested a cap on donations which would make it very difficult for the trade unions to pump money into the Labour Party in the way they have for years.
The list also includes “Short money” which is the money political parties get from the government… a sort of covert state funding for political parties. Nick Clegg obviously thinks it’s important his party gets a bit more in the kitty to match its new responsibilities.
Don't say you weren't warned.