This government has perfected a neat trick whenever it needs money. It simply raids the National Lottery. It appears from THIS report that the National Lottery will be used to finance any shortfall in the cost of the Olympics. So the Lottery has become the latest example of a stealth tax, and, as usual, it's the poor who are going to pay.
Labour's last manifesto said this: “Our Lottery bill will give a duty and a power to every Lottery distributor to involve the public more dramatically in decision-making at every level.”
Involving the public in decision making actually means raiding the public's piggy bank rather than anything meaningful. There doesn’t seem to be any suggestion that the DCMS will be consulting the public before taking the cash away from the main lottery fund. Now there's a surprise...
Chris Doidge also blogs about this HERE.