The Spending Review is looming large over Whitehall. It is no surprise the current focus of attention is what the numbers are going to be. However, looking ahead, the bigger question will be how to implement the cuts.
Coalitions involve wholly new ways of governing. Most other European countries understand that, as do the Scots and Welsh. But the adjustment in Whitehall among both ministers and official is still not complete.
Why everyone involved in merging or abolishing Arm's length bodies should look to the Ofcom experience - and a recently published list of 10 key lessons produced by the now defunct Hearing Aid Council.