If the world was to explode the last thing to be heard would be an expert explaining why it wouldn't happen. The type of thing Michael Grove might say although it was in fact said by the late Peter Ustinov.
When did we become so anti professionals? This government doesn't listen to teachers, doctors, nurses or social workers. The last government didn't listen to professionals either. It seems that governments routinely dismiss the views of any group who might have experience and expertise in the area under discussion. When did we move from,"doctor knows best", to MPs know best? Why have successive governments devalued the views of those actually doing the job ? Why do those in power assume that teachers, nurses, doctors and social workers views only reflect self interest and not the benefit of the pupil, patient or client.
In the past managerialism was seen as the enemy of professionalism. Managers were focused on budgets at the expense of best practise. There must be eligibility criteria, there must be standardised practise, there must be value for money and services must stay within there budget. But managerialism was also about being customer focused and providing more responsive services. Inevitably this resulted in management led changes. These changes were sometimes resisted if they " inconvenienced" staff but in general professionals accept the need for change where it can be shown to improve the service users experience.
The government's Austerity measures have introduced changes which do not benefit service users and are unashamedly about reducing spending, making savings, imposing cuts, enforced reductions and opening up services to the private sector. It goes against the grain for professionals to implement changes that make life more difficult for those they seek to help.
Now its left to teachers, doctors, nurses and social workers to champion the needs of pupils, patients and clients and to make the government aware of the inconvenient reality of their policies. Which may explain why the government doesn't want to listen to what professionals have to say.
Blair McPherson former director, author and blogger www.blairmcpherson.co.uk