Baroness Young appears to be mellowing quickly in her retirement. End Game’s ears twitched as the former Care Quality Commission chair turned up in a feature about quangos on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour last week.
She told listeners that - while agency bosses should have views about policy - they should be expressed in a measured way.
“The important thing is to make sure that you’re not absolutely at odds on the Today programme every moment of the week with the minister, because that clearly isn’t a good idea. These sorts of conversations need to be held behind the scenes rather than in the media.” For readers who don’t recall the circumstances of her departure four months ago: it followed the leak of a highly critical report about Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust, and was around the time of a Today programme interview in which the Baroness notably refrained from defending the government’s quality regulation system. Barbara’s apparent fondness for public profile led some to adopt the nickname the “People’s Princess”.