I wrote recently about a post democratic world http://mountgroveassociates.blogspot.com/2011/09/post-democracy-and-post-modernity.html
This story - which has been running in a variety of ways for a little while now - about the influence being exerted by some of the insurance companies that potentially stand to gain from the changes in legal aid is a worrying example of just that phenomenon.
Some may say that lobbying has always been part of the process of government and that it's much more pronounced in some other countries, notably the US.
But this is about repositioning the role of lobbyists from asking the questions to helping to construct the answers. That should give us all pause for thought.