Nothing quite so clearly illustrates the close links between our Central Statist Mandarinate and the big corporates than the story this morning about McCarthy's seamless segue from Whitehall to a Crapita subsidiary. It could as well have been Tesco, G4S or one of the volume housebuilders, for it's the massive superstores, new prisons and rabbit hutch estates that will all benefit from the planning reforms that McCarthy steered through at the DCLG. Whilst his erstwhile boss Eric Pickles mouthed platitudes about planning going local, about communities and neighbourhoods having the final say on new developments, McCarthy was quietly pushing though a charter for the big corporates that means in effect that Parish Councils do have the final say as long as the word is 'yes'.
McCarthy's new job is to use his contact network within Whitehall to cement the commercial symbiosis between the Mandarinate and the big corporates. Both are intensely committed to maintaining a central command and control State, to retaining power in Whitehall, and to the diversion by Whitehall of billions in tax funds each year to the pockets of the corporates. In return, the corporates offer an attractive sinecure to any compliant Mandarin when they're ready to move on.
The arrogance of Whitehall is stupefying.