The latest copy of Private Eye has a major feature on the cosy relationship between senior civil servants and heavyweight businesses supplying government with a vast range of services.
To my mind the magazine is worth buying for this alone, although the general thrust of the piece could be summed up by a single quote.
A survey earlier this year in the Daily Mail found that two thirds of the jobs applied for by top mandarins since 2008 were in the sectors they were responsible for in office.
A well known trend but it is worth reminding ourselves just how corrupt the civil service has become in recent decades and how open the corruption is. The interesting question is where this particular trend is headed and here too the answer is obvious. We seem to be witnessing the rapid growth of a complex oligarchy operating well beyond the feeble checks and balances supposedly supplied by democratic accountability.