I guess there will be mixed views about the current government composition but the reality is that we should all hope that it will repair the economy and deliver one which will be sustainable in the future. Whilst accepting that this must be the number one objective I ask whether it is enough. For years we have been mired in bureaucracy resulting in mountains of legislation, we have also been subjected to initiative after initiative delivered in a way that assumed that we all had the same needs and moved at the same pace.

If this government is truly going to change things it urgently needs to review how "the Whitehall machine" works and to develop new protocols to guide its operation. No longer can we afford the plethora of competing and uncoordinated initiatives together with their inefficient and equally complicated funding streams.

Waiting for "joined up government" has been akin to "Waiting for Godot". We can no longer afford the self centred, self indulgent regime that has developed in Westminster and Whitehall and I for one hope, therefore, that this wind of change extends beyond the Cabinet Room.

Waiting for "joined up government" has been akin to "Waiting for Godot". We can no longer afford the self centred, self indulgent regime that has developed in Westminster and Whitehall and I for one hope, therefore, that this wind of change extends beyond the Cabinet Room.