Each new minister for education immediately introduces an education act – then 12 months later has another go – and 12 months later gets replaced and the cycle starts again. Michael Gove seems to continuing this trend.

Other public services are similar – how many pages of instructions did the Police say they had to wade through.

More worryingly is the tendency for Acts to give ministers power to change regulations at will without parliamentary scrutiny (Gove again) – this is the way of the last government (Blunkett was one such) – the Coalition should not be using this undemocratic process

Why is this idea important?

People cannot do their jobs if the rules are changing every 12 months – they spend too much time trying to work out what the current rules are.

Ministerial diktat is not democratic – it reminds me of the Soviet system.

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