Anyone who thought some semblance of sanity would return to government if they voted Conservative at the GE had better think again.
Last March I wrote about Mindspace, a discussion document prepared for the last government by the Institute for Government and signed off by the head of the civil service, Gus O'Donnell.
Cameron has a Behavioural Insight Team ('The Nudgers') on his staff and seems set to take up the policies advocated. We already know how keen he is on the 'Red Tory' theories of Phillip Blonde and this just confirms my worst suspicions.
This isn't what a government is for. The primary role of government is to represent the people and defend the nation (which they're spectacularly failing to do). As far as I can tell there is little difference between Labour nannying and Conservative nudging. LEAVE US ALONE!
The IfG, which has charitable status, has published a new report about increasing the effectiveness and accountability of quangos. The report starts from the premise that quangos are 'A Good Thing'. 'Nuff said!
Another indication that all's not well with the coalition comes from the Health Minister, Anne Milton, who has defended last year's £7m spend by the FSA on nannying adverts telling us what to eat - how to cook a turkey, eat an apple, drink water - HERE.