The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts is refusing to publish research commissioned from Phillip Blond's ResPublica, and is apparently bemoaning its agreement to fund work across so broad a range of topics or into, for example, the Lombard roots of capitalism itself.
In other words, forget about getting public money in order to form or articulate a critique of neoliberal economics, social liberalism, and neoconservative geopolitics, an undeniably coherent, atheistically based whole as those comprise. That whole is the only acceptable opinion. If by some miracle you did manage to secure any such funding, then you would have to publish the finished material yourself, regardless of any previous assurance.
NESTA's recently appointed Chief Executive would have been given a peerage and ministerial office if Cameron had won outright, and has presumably been given this as a consolation prize. He is Geoff Mulgan, the veteran Trotskyist who was ecumenically made the founding Director of the Blairites' beloved Demos when that think tank was created out of some of the rubble of the Communist Party of Great Britain.
Only because there was no more Soviet money for its previous purpose, the CPGB's last office was seamlessly transferred to the proto-Blairite legal successors at Democratic Left, then to the Blairites of the New Politics Network, and now to the Blairite flame-keepers of Unlock Democracy, in an unbroken succession.
As with the failure to appoint Rod Liddle as Editor of The Independent, Ronald Reagan's 1981 appointment of the neoconservative Bill Bennett (who remained a registered Democrat until 1986) instead of the paleoconservative Mel Bradford to chair the National Endowment for the Humanities is called to mind by David Cameron's appointment to NESTA of someone like Geoff Mulgan rather than someone like Phillip Blond.