You can be sure of one thing in respect of the governments pernicious data snooping proposals - that this is an idea from Whitehall. The mandarinate have long dreamed of total access to the nation's emails, tweets and personal data, and thought they'd have no problem forcing through the measures under Labour. The reaction of both the public and the opposition shocked them, and the proposals were quietly put on the 'pending' shelf. Now they've dusted them off and are using Cameron's government to force them through.
Commentators are starting to notice that the public have had it with the Big Three. The data measures are exactly the reason why. The cosy relationship between centralised, metropolitan and controllable permanent political parties and Whitehall suits the mandarinate down to the ground, and so mandarins such as Hayden Phillips and Christopher Kelly will always propose measures that establish the Big Three as parties of State. In return for pushing through the legislation that Whitehall wants, Whitehall will manipulate the system to secure seats in Parliament for the tame State parties.
Osborne, a man with the permanent expression of a furtive Onanist, is no more competent now than he ever was. Treasury officials, who undoubtedly spotted the pratfalls of the Pie Tax and the Granny Tax, allowed him to take the hits. They probably thought he needed a little slapping down, a reminder that he should go back to belting-off in the Ministerial WC during working hours and leave the important decisions to them.