Greek lawmakers voted late on Tuesday to suspend state funding for political parties accused of criminal activities, a measure targeting the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn group.
The proposal was backed by the conservative-led governing coalition, the main opposition and a small left wing party – and was voted 235-0 in the 300 seat assembly.
It allows an indefinite funding freeze for parties whose leadership is charged with involvement in a criminal group, or terrorism.
Not that I particularly want to defend Golden Dawn who really are grotty little fascists. But note that they have only been accused, not tried and most certainly not convicted. Yet they can get their lifeblood of funds cut off just by a vote of their competitors in politics.
Which is the problem with the state funding of politics. It will be the state who decides who is worthy enough to be in politics.