Thinking a lot about failure in government and politics at the moment in advance of speaking about it in Ipswich next month (subtle plug!). Intrigued by the number of apologies from the coalition government in recent weeks, and wondering how many times they will allow themselves to do so. Is this a characteristic of a new government?
More importantly though, is the public apology the relatively quick way to move on from failure without having to dwell long enough to learn from it? My concern about the change of policy around forests, is that the government's response is a tightening of the grip on the policy development process, and a reduction in public debate around policy, rather than learning what people are concerned about in what is one of the first examples of the impact of the cuts and more interest in privatisation.