Sunday, 12 February 2017

Exemption - is the writing on the wall?

It is good to see that Eileen Munro has now come out against the government’s proposals to promote innovation in children’s services by giving ministers powers to exempt councils from some statutory duties.

Outside the inner circles of government there seems to be ever-decreasing support for what has all the hallmarks of a really bad idea. Widespread hostility towards the proposals, and withering criticism from key figures, however, is no guarantee that they will die the death they deserve. All too frequently poor policy ideas seem to persist in the face of rational criticism and are often only overturned by catastrophic events.

Short of a ministerial reshuffle or the government losing a general election there seems to me to be every possibility that inertia and face saving will prevail over common sense.

I hope I’m wrong.