Nick Clegg describes responsibility without power as "the curse of the decentralising Minister". Ministers will have to think hard about their own accountability to Parliament and how to respond to failure if they are not to fall foul of the curse.
Government reforms to departmental boards are bold. With Secretaries of State now as Chairs, the dynamics of how they operate will inevitably change. The big question is – will this be the cure for the problem?
'Fast Streamers' are the treasured resource of the Civil Service. Selected through a rigorous process that marks them out as the future leadership cadre, they are much sought after by teams wishing to pick from the conveyor belt of the brightest minds. Whitehall should rethink its approach to how it manages this resource.