@ Jon G @ Steve
BP did apply for a National Lottery grant a few years back but was turned down. They're making another application at the moment.
It's a real contrast to the case of the two Titians that have attracted publicity of late. Their owner wants to sell them and is willing to part with them and allow the pair to become part of the National collection for the trivial sum of £100 million, otherwise they'll go on the open market where they might go for £500 million.
Naturally the great and the good are lobbying furiously for the government, Lottery and uncle Tom Cobbly and All to stump up the money for a pair of paintings that have nothing to do with Britain apart from they ended up here after Johnny Frog got all choppity-chop with his betters.
As for Steve's comment about the luminous Phyllis Starkey MP's majority vanishing - I hope so, I hope so.