The Economist blog picks up on yet another example of the appalling mindset of the European political class.
Meanwhile Lindsay Appleby at the FCO reports that there was a "heated debate" about what legal base should be used for the updated regulation on European Political Parties.
Really. Rather than arcane rows about legal bases it might be interesting to hear exactly why the Government thinks that it should be allowed to help itself to taxpayers money to fund its campaigning activity.
It's bad enough having to listen to them spouting endless balls... but having to then pay for the privilege is really galling.
Given the row that there has been about taxpayer funding of political parties in the UK it's a shame there hasn't been more controversy about the same thing happening at EU level.
As usual, you can get away with all kinds of things if you do them in Brussels...