Alison Wolf is one of the best and most original thinkers on the public sector and education. This is not a piece of blatant pro-free market dogma; she is someone with a deep understanding of how the public sector really does work, and the perverse consequences that can follow decisions which override local considerations. In the next few years, policy makers who are passionate about providing good public services, but also need to recognise fiscal constraints, will need to think harder about how things are currently done. The era of the shopping list is over. This sort of bold thinking is a really excellent start.