Has the bonfire gone out?
Curiously, Tory HQ are now pouring cold water on the bonfire of the quangos.
They have called to say that Mr Cameron's speech was not, as I reported, called "Bonfire of the Quangos" but called instead "People Power - Reforming Quangos".
What's more they point to their leader saying: "it would be far too simplistic for me to stand here and announce some kind of 'Bonfire of the Quangos.' People have heard that kind of talk many times before, and seen little to show for it."
I am happy to correct this whilst merely noting that the invitation to his speech read: "Reform invites you to: Bonfire of the Quangos". Also, the quote above was not in the speech extracts issued in advance and may have been written after my first blog post.
Incidentally, on the substance of the issue, one senior Tory has called with an interesting question about his leader's speech. Isn't the Tory plan to de-politicise the NHS and have it run by an independent board the creation of the biggest quango of them all?