'It seems Mr Eric Pickles has been taking lessons in aggravation from the mistress of the art, Dame Hornet.
As if the competition between the potential tri-borough partners was not bad enough already ... he is allegedly about to set them a task and it's 'winner takes all'.
Hot on the heels of the government announcement that the Arts and Humanities Research Council will only get their funding if they carry out research into the Big Society, Mr Pickles has ordained that the three Councils must set senior officers the task of coming up with the best Big Society project and how they would commission, organise and publicise it.
The prize is a whacking great £10m to the winning Council to be used in their Big Society project. It is said that all three Leaders are determined to be the winners and are putting their top teams onto the task.
Results in July. Any guesses who will win?'