I was out recently with a chum who I’ve known for many years – we volunteered together as school governors, after our children had moved on up the system, bringing independent and unbiased common sense to an often fraught and self interested set comittees. There is a problem with governors selected from too many parents of current children – they can’t always see past their own expectations and desires to get to the bigger picture. This is something young folk must practice – learning everything they can in each post, as it will lead to bigger things later. This pal’s daughter has just taken up a post as a project manager in a government department – she had risen through from junior to senior team leader outside in the real world and never expected to join the establishment. But this new post offers much more responsibility and future prospects, with excellent pension and other benefits.