Mr Balls has ordered that the 150 bosses must take a year-long course to ensure they have the right "skills and experience".Pardon me, but shouldn’t they have checked that before they were hired…?
If they didn’t, and they haven’t, how about we just get rid of them. Or would that be too easy?
Mr Balls said: "I want to see all future chiefs of local authority children's services gain experience in areas outside their own specialism before they are appointed.Leadership programme…? Hmm, that sounds like the usual cop-out, jobs-for-the-consultants scheme that has plagued the civil service for decades.
"But I also want to make sure that all directors of children's services have the skills and experience they need.
"I would expect over time for all directors to want to take the leadership programme."
I guess now times are hard, they need to expand into new markets, so what better than local government?
The bosses, who are all paid at least £100,000, includes "executive coaching", as well as individual training and a three-day residential course.Lovely jubbly, if you are a training consultant with a fat government contract in your sights.
Not sure how it’ll help the next ‘Baby P’ though…