EDITORIAL: Hitting targets does not equal top quality

First the government unveils a "lighter touch" on school assessments. Then the health secretary announces that a host of targets is destined for the bonfire. Whitehall sources follow up with indications that control freakery has had its day. While much remains to be seen, the message finally seems to be percolating through to certain members of the cabinet that the target culture obsessively created by New Labour does not work across huge swathes of the public sector.

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