With news that the civil service is doing what the civil service always does - smile and assure ministers, then take no notice whatsoever of ministerial instructions - the time has come to introduce a new 'performance bonus' for our most senior mandarins. The deal is this; if you fail to reduce your workforce by 10% a year, you get the sack. Simples.
Breaking Whitehall's stranglehold on the country was never going to be easy. The civil service is the staunchest defender of the Leviathan central State, and will never willingly give up a nanogram of power. To break its grip, Cameron will need to be ruthless - and he will have the support of the country. Sacking the mandarins may leave us with a short-lived administrative mess, but it will be worth it.
C'mon Dave - have you got the balls for it or not?