It is one in the eye for institutions who try to recruit fairly. It is one in the eye for all those who are trying to fix equality and diversity issues firmly in the forefront of education and employment in this country and have been trying to do so for decades.
It is one in the eye for learners and employees who do not wish to be taught or managed by a self-perpetuating, often male, often middle-class, often white elite.
It is particularly one in the eye for the Adult and Learning Inspectorate, whose credibility in judging equal opportunities, supposedly one of the centrepieces of the common inspection framework, is completely undermined because of its chief inspector's clearly tenuous, indeed non-existent, grasp of that agenda.
All these "ones in the eye" are not a good thing for anyone. They are a tragedy. If David Sherlock really believes in the patronage and "jobs for the boys" that he seems to have described, have we made any progress at all in equal opportunities practice?
David Ewens 31 Westgate Close Canterbury, Kent