The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Monday, January 21, 2008

From The Times

Tragedies ‘warping government policy’

Government policy is often badly formed because it is drawn up in response to tragedies and problems, the Government’s new head of risk management has said.

Rick Haythornthwaite, head of the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council, said that policy was often affected by pressure from an aggressive media and a confrontational Parliament. “We have got to deal with some of the systemic flaws in policy-making within Whitehall,” he said.

He told The Politics Show on BBC One that calls to protect the public sapped self-reliance, resilience and the spirit of adventure. Some risk could be a very good thing, he said