Just wish they hadn't decided to throw the baby out with the bathwater! Why not cut down the number of retakes possible, have exams set by one board to reduce the race to the bottom, and retain the good stuff about GCSEs - breadth of choice, use of coursework as well as final exam?
I think all the changes will be good but you get to a point where you have rubbed an incorrect answer out so many times that your page starts looking dirty and full of errors. Sometimes the only option is to start a fresh page and get it right from the beginning. The GCSE had become so discredited that a break from the past is the only way to restore confidence in the system. I am pretty sure all the improvements will be kept and the baby will be looked after, in a nice new bath with clean water. Its understandable that some people are afraid of change but we have to keep reaching for the stars and not stay cowering in the cave forever.