Backroom: The glowing 'report card' that doesn't tell half the story

Conceived back in the mid-1990s, the annual "report card" has become one of the rituals of government in this fair isle.

10th March, 2013

The annual "report card" has become one of the rituals of government in this fair isle. Conceived back in the mid-1990s, its primary objective was to allow the junior partner in government to show everyone how much it was achieving.

As we saw last week, by now it has become a focus for the political year of the entire government. In fact, there is now even a unit (albeit a small one) beavering away...

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