Quango Unchained: David Cameron's picking a lot of fights. Can he win them all?
One of the golden rules of politics is to only pick the fights that you know you can win. So given the number of battles the Prime Minister is currently trying to juggle, we either have to accept that he spends all of his spare time in the gym under the tutelage of Steven Seagal or that he has an unbelievable amount of self-confidence.
Up first: Europe – the Conservative itch that cannot be scratched.
Mr Cameron wants Britain to stay in the European Union but under new, favourable terms, which he believes he can deliver.
And his announcement this week that he will fight to cut EU red tape to help British business will be seen as an important litmus test for whether he truly can return from Brussels victorious when it really matters.
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And while Mr Cameron is in the ring sparring with our continental cousins, he will have to keep an eye on the other corner for members of his own party keen to put the boot in should he not go far enough.
Meanwhile, as if controversy over one countryside animal isn't enough, fox-hunting is back.
You can imagine Mr Cameron's face when he was asked what he thought about a cross party bid to relax the rules so farmers can use more than two dogs to flush out foxes to be shot.
The Prime Minister's spokesman said Mr Cameron has "sympathy" with the concerns raised – cue accusations of lifting the hunting ban "by the back door".
The Government will be keen to stress that any such move is about pest control and protecting lambs, but on an issue with such an emotional recent history, is that really going to fly?
Closer to home the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are having a bit of a ding-dong over who is responsible for the Government's decision to raise the personal income tax allowance to £10,000.
For the record, the policy came from the Lib Dems and, don't tell anyone, but David Cameron actually said initially we couldn't afford it. But, regardless, the Government as a whole made it happen, so credit all round, right?
Well, no, because the Tories are now looking to make a manifesto pledge of raising the bar higher to £12,500 and if that sounds familiar, there is a reason: it is the cornerstone of the Lib Dem manifesto for 2015.
Combine all that with imposing a Royal Charter for press regulation on newspapers which don't want it and the growing strain on the Government's immigration policy and Mr Cameron is certainly earning his corn.
The Lib Dems are hoping everyone will have forgotten about Nick Clegg's decision to break his pre-election promise not to raise tuition fees by the time 2015 comes around, as this week he said he won't allow fees to go up to £16,000 as has been suggested by some in education. What do they say about making promises Mr Clegg?