News that the big seven are buttering up the Conservatives in the hope of big contracts to come will depress all opponents of the Leviathan State. They have grown rich and fat as butter during Labour's term in office achieving, like Great War generals in Simon Jenkins' simile, six inches of public services reform for each ten billion of tax thrown into the offensive. It has been an epic failure, and the whole panoply of performance targets, indicators, benchmarking and the like imported from the private sector a hideous waste.
The big seven have become such an integral part of the central State that they are part of the problem, not part of the solution.
If Cameron is serious about Localism and the devolution of power from the centre to the periphery, he will pocket their douceurs now but keep his own objectives free of their 'advice'.