An open ear
But, as his TES Scotland interview this week shows (pages 1-3), the new minister is not content just to fill his agenda with somebody else's tablets of stone. He appears to be keenly aware of the importance of not sending out mixed messages, the existence of which has done some damage to otherwise estimable policies such as inclusion. So he will "recast" the guidelines on exclusion while retaining the policy.
This is the mark perhaps of a consummate politician but certainly of a safe pair of hands. Keeping an ear to the ground and his eyes on his hands will require Mr Peacock to become even more athletically supple.