£200,000? £250,000? More?
Intriguing, isn't it? From nowhere, this suddenly became a policy to which the Prime Minister was committed, and about which the only public consultation is to be 'how', not 'whether'.
Those of us wondering why this was suddenly so high on David Cameron's agenda were fascinated by the claims made at the weekend by Peter Cruddas, that a gay donor had bought access and influence...
Protect the Pope carries the full story.
It appears that Cruddas was referring to someone who submitted a paper expressing anger at gay marriage proposals (and Protect the Pope's post above has been updated accordingly).
Which is curious, given that Cruddas said 'his voice has been heard.' Of course, believing practically any senior politician on practically anything is something of a triumph of hope over experience, so perhaps we are none the wiser.
The question still remains: what brought this to the top of Cameron's agenda? None of the credible answers to that question are particularly positive...