Not a good thing to be. In the US, Obama recognised that they were really important and needed protection – but then he became President. Here, i doubt if our lot know that they exist. they’re had a rough time in the NHS, and now it’s Education’s turn. Today’s Guardian has an article about teachers who’ve seen bad practice in their schools, coursework being fudged or overmarked, so as to boost the school’s results. they’re reported it to the boards, but heard nothing. If there’s been punitive action, it’s been quiet, low key, tactful. As in, under the carpet. The appetite for challenging those in power is shrinking all the time.