Just seen a news report where an old woman died and left £500k to the "government of the day to use as they see fit" (or something similar). The Coalition in their wisdom decided that "government" really meant "political party in charge" and split it into the party coffers of the Tory and Lib Dem parties, essentially pocketing the money.
Now, correct me if my constitutional law is rusty but there's a big difference between a political party and the government. The leader of the party that wins the general election (or in this case the coalition) is invited by the Queen to form a government, she doesn't invite the parties to form a government. The political parties are an arm of the legislature, the government is the executive, constitutionally separate. For me, it's a no-brainer, they had no legal basis to take the money and certainly no ethical or moral claim to the money.
Ah well, there goes the £500k in legal fees with the inevitable challenges in court. At least the lawyers will be kept happy.
What it does say to me is that there's some seriously challenged ethics and morals within the Coalition parties' leadership if they think that this is acceptable or in any way right. (Note: I've few doubts that the other parties would have joined in with the grab if they have a chance so it's not a party political point on behalf of Labour or UKIP).