4th April 2016
Another policy failure of the Ministry of Justice becomes apparent: over at the Law Society Gazette, John Hyde has detailed how the MoJ has collected only a small proportion of the criminal courts charge.
The charge has now been terminated; but the underlying problem remains: the MoJ is simply not any good at policy making and policy implementation.
The MoJ adopts a policy, usually without assessing evidence or even thinking things through, and it then “presses on” with the policy regardless of onlookers pointing out that, well, the policy will not work.
The policy is then eventually reversed.
This is not just a one-off; the cycle of policy adoption-failure-reversal has been a feature of the MoJ for as long as one can remember.
Michael Gove has been Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor for less than a year. He has started well as the ministerial head of the department, and he has been savvy enough to work out ways of ending most of his predecessors more idiotic policies.
To go by the political news, however, it seems like Gove is now becoming preoccupied with the upcoming “Brexit” referendum vote.
The worry is that Gove somehow thinks the problem of crap MoJ policy making has been solved. and that he is thereby free to concentrate on other political matters.
The problem has not been solved; as not being any good at policy making and implementation (whilst arrogantly ignoring anyone pointing this out) is the natural state of the MoJ.
Without a careful eye, bad policy making will return.
And, if so, Gove will no longer have the luxury of focusing on Breixt or even the Tory leadership succession.
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