Recent accident-proneness in government has led the commentariat to come out with prescriptions to help the coalition perform better. But the issues they highlight point to more enduring problems in the way we run government and policy.
The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) is attempting to establish a good governance framework to scrutinise civil service reform. This will be a big challenge because so much of the reform agenda is yet to be articulated.
When a government embarks upon a programme of rapid and radical change whilst transforming its approach to the use of public finances, the case for strong independent scrutiny becomes much more important.