Social care is usually the poor relation of politics. Compared with other topics it seldom gets an airing, nationally at least. The reason is simple; it’s not a vote-winner, even though the way we look after our children, our sick and our vulnerable says more about the health of society than any alternative benchmark.
So it came as a genuine surprise to hear David Cameron discussing adoption a few weeks ago in the House. Although the critical perspective of adoption Czar Martin Narey has been making waves for several months, this has been largely confined to the profession itself. Cameron on his feet in the Commons brought the debate about rates of adoption into the full glare of the media spotlight. Adoption has become a political issue.