Whatever skills and expertise are required for that, Michael Gove thinks they are needed in the civil service and in government:
That same determination to instil and cultivate deep knowledge should apply across Government. Too much current Civil Service training is about vapid abstractions such as ‘Collaborating Better’ rather than about what works in classroom instruction or how to interrogate climate modelling or what really goes on in the preparation of Crown Prosecution cases which leads to so many cracked trials.
It was the phrase that jumped out at me. Why single this out? Yet why, in paragraph 120, among all those radical reassessments based on real-world feedback, was anything to do with decarbonisation completely absent?
I’d already read with interest Boris’s more populist account of the future in the Mail on Sunday. Lots of government spending to dig the UK out of the Covid-19 (and lockdown) trough and get the Tories back to “levelling up” those new Tory (Old Labour) regions in most need. And no mention of climate at all.
And today Mark Sedwill is removed from the centre of government. I don’t know how it fits either. But it suggests to me that Dominic Cummings is not the busted flush many expected post Barnard Castle. I’d already taken that as read from James Kirkup – by no means a Cummings groupie.