No halfway house

I agree with what Tony Travers says in this article about whether ministers will  leave the regulation and improvement of failing local authorities and health bodies to market solutions. When things go wrong AND there is significant publicity about it, ministers like to be seen to take firm action. A press release from a minister along the lines of, "I believe the governance and audit arrangements that XYZ Council have in place and that have led to this dreadful situation will ultimately correct the situation" isn't going to satisfy anyone.