Government seems to reverence a particular kind of cleverness. The lawyerly sort, that can write precise reports and prescribe best practices.
I would dearly like to see some of the sages that write these things put to a public test.
I want them to be put in a role play. So a Lord Laming could be made to play a social worker, where others play all the characters in a genuine child protection case, doing some of the crazy, slippery, confusing and all too human things that make all these cases truly complex. And let’s see how good he would be at actually performing in such a case.
It think it would provide useful additional information and experience for him and the rest of us.