Selling Child Care

Is there anything that can’t be privatised? Years ago we might have said – justice, prisons, probation. But that’s all been done. So what’s next? Children’s social services. It doesn’t take a lot of thought to think of possible snags. Looking after vulnerable kids isn’t obviously a money-making business. What kind of corners are going to be cut in order to make it profitable? And if, like me, you had vague misgivings, you read the initial reports, and then pick up the tide of response on The Guardian‘s letters page – queues of professionals who know what they’re talking about, pin-pointing the damage that’s likely to be done.

But no, we’re in Gove land. This is the magical realm where Michael has a bright idea, it gets put into practice, and someone else spends a lot of time and money picking up the pieces.