1. Six unelected advisors who will never agree with one another, will undermine each other, or will become a hive minded Group Think?
2. Knee jerk?
3. An even bigger NHS and Social Services, Wahhabism, to replace the current idea of History on the curriculum. Tradition, Law and Order, no longer matter as not mentioned so I guess the social services are going to be attending mental health calls instead of the police for once in their lives. A bigger, more capable, armed forces is required ie walk softly but carry a big stick. (agree).
4. see 3.
5. I do agree on this.
1. The 'six thinking hats' thing just means that the decision makers get detailed analysis of specific issues - I am not entirely familiar with the concept. I am familiar with PDCA - what @Kinch correctly reminds me is the Shewhart Deming Cycle is a tool used by engineers and others to avoid blunders. Before implementing a change, get someone not emotionally or politically invested in the proposal to set if it is a disaster waiting to happen. It is a protection against group think.
How many times does a Minister demand that his idea is put into action without any attempt to see if it will work?
2. Not really knew jerk - more a development of point 1. Perhaps it would be better to say that strategy should be outlined in parliament, but the details should be left to the experts and allowed to be changed as needed. My metaphor is landing an aircraft aboard a ship - constant inputs and adjustments are needed.
3. Not sure if the NHS would necessarily be larger in terms of headcount, but more therapists and less policy wonks would be good. More therapists would reduce social care needs and costs. Likewise it is cheaper to stop someone from developing diabetes than treating then after they have it. The point about education being tied to employment is that there was never a 'Golden Age' - if so why did we lose so much of our industry whilst German manufacturing flourished? The Police, courts, and so on need less red tape and less political interference, but they dot no so obviously 'pair up' with a second area of Government, as in Health AND social care, Education AND Employment, or Foreign Policy AND defence. At times these 'pairs' seem to be in conflict.
4. See 3 - why? The proximity of Russia means that our contributions to NATO are an important part of deterrence, and being perceived has weak has contributed to Putin's aggression. In 1982 it was our ability to operate in the NATO theatre, and in the Northern flank, that gave us the ability to deploy a task group to the South Atlantic. You may remember that a few years ago the Iranians started causing trouble and causing problems with the passage of oil tankers.
It is sometimes overlooked at 'Indo Pacific' includes the Red Sea, Arabian Sea, Arabian Gulf, and other important areas for seaborne commerce.
5. Jolly decent of you to agree with me, I refer you to point 2.
Think smarter, not harder!