A fairly straightforward FoI request:
The fact that there have been some dire consequences of unnecessary WCAs and incorrect ESA decisions is bad enough in itself, but to say that it was never a consideration is worse and the fact that even now there is no interest is worse still.
Changing any process incurs a risk, so they cannot deny one existed however small it might have been perceived at the time and I cannot believe it did not cross anyone’s mind. Clearly however not for long or as my Tory MP so compassionately put it, “you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs” – acceptable collateral damage it seems.
To my mind, the venerable Professor Harrington has a responsibility here and should have spotted this serious “oversight”. At the very least he should now make it clear if he regards this situation as acceptable or not. He is the only person I can think of that by stating the latter would have an almost instant impact.