Everyone seems to be agreed on one easy measure to cut public spending: slash the quangos. You know the sort of thing: those committees of obscure worthies who never seem to do anything, like the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
Except that the CSPL (budget for 2008/09 £660,000) was called into action yesterday to investigate MPs expenses. And if the CSPL did not already exist the Government would have to invent it since no one trusts a cosy club like parliament to investigate itself.
I'm not arguing that the quango-culture has not got out of hand. But we should be sceptical of those politicians who tell us there are any "easy" savings out there.