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Joined-up government – not

Any hope of joined-up government seems to be receding ever more quickly in the wake of a torrent of ill-thought-out policies. Last night I heard a story about a man with an ASBO who was called for a health test to try to get him off his benefits and into – what, exactly? The trouble is that attending the test will put him in breach of his ASBO as he is not allowed to be in that part of town where the health checks are done.

What chance is there of sensible legislation in any policy area?