"Only now, long after the election, do we begin to realise how clever Gordon Brown really was. After the crash, in his last two years in office, he started preparing for a new kind of Opposition. Labour might be turfed out of government, but it could carry on the fight through charities, quangos and think tanks. At one stage, Brown had a team in Downing Street devoted to appointments in public bodies, carefully building what would become a kind of government-in-exile." [Link]
Erm... "only now" Fraser? I've been screaming this - along with other 'right wing loonies' - for years (because it began long before Brown, it went hand in hand with the Blairite "reforms" of the Civil Service: something Norman mentions, along with -off topic- a perfect description of what has happened to the BBC). Please read the whole of Fraser's article though, it will explain a lot if you hadn't already twigged.