Earlier this month, the government appointed a ministerial adviser on adoption whose opinion of current practices has led him to be accused of insulting social workers (by suggesting they are anti-adoption), wading under-qualified into a highly complex area and producing a reactionary, simplistic take on it.
No, I\’m not supporting his views. Rather, just pointing out that a Ministerial Advisor is there to advise Ministers: not to represent the views of the profession.
For of course, the advice that Ministers often need to hear is very different from the collective view of the profession. We all instinctively get it at some point across the ideological spectrum: bankers shouldn\’t be the only source of information about banking, unionists the only source of plans about unions, the same is true of social workers. They shouldn\’t be the only source of information for Ministers about what social workers should be doing.
Avoiding this groupthink thing, even if you\’re not all that enamoured of the public choice arguments against the producers being allowed to control the production of public goods.