I see in today’s Guardian that the Labour manifesto will
“pledge to end "take it or leave it" services in education, the NHS and police.”
the article continues,
“Brown claims in a Guardian interview that his goal is to bring reform right into the mainstream of public services.
He promises that inadequate schools, hospital authorities and police forces will all be subject to forms of takeover if either objective results or parental ballots demand new leadership. In education this could mean being taken over by successful state or private schools, education chains, or universities.
"The days of take it or leave it public services are over," Brown says. "The days of just minimum standards are over. The days of the impersonal are finished. It has to be personal, accountable and tailored to your needs, and with a mechanism to trigger change if the service does not meet your needs."
He says the aim is to unleash the highest quality providers, whether public or private, so that they can meet needs, not just in their local areas, but to turn around performance in other areas too.”
I could say lots about this idea but I confine myself to the following thoughts:
“What happens, Gordon, if, during the term of a government, a majority of people consider your government to be inadequate?
Will there be a mechanism to allow your government to be taken over “if either objective results or parental ballots demand new leadership”?
A dangerous path to tread, Gordon!!