Thomas Crooks – whose surname isn’t likely to put him on the same side as solicitors – is correct (Letters, 31 December) in his demolition of the idea that self-regulated professions operate in any admirable manner.
Too many UK institutions enjoy self-regulated systems that allow them to sweep away abuses and cover them in the carpet of time. The recent revelations from the time of Margaret Thatcher’s government are ample demonstration.
All “recent” revelations from past governing reveal the same deceit that, at the time it was reality, it was put across as anything but.
When governments are seen, too often belatedly, to operate in such a self-regulatory way, it should be no surprise that major institutions likewise operate. From police investigating police misconduct to a press complaints panel of members mainly composed of press personnel, the model from governments is farcically set.
However, when employees outside so-called professional institutions mis-conduct themselves they are generally sacked. To challenge their sacking they face tribunals which, although on balance are less partially comprised than lawyers investigating lawyers etc, are maybe too often without ample employee representation.