“I would not want to claim all regulation is perfect,” says Tony Yates, professor of economics at the University of Birmingham, “but the positive case for it often does not get a hearing. Sometimes, as with food safety, health and safety, and fire regulations, they are there as a way of solving a problem of information-collection – how safe is this thing I’m going to do or buy? – that some may be ill-equipped to do themselves, or it may be inefficient for them to have to do. We can all avoid being food safety experts if the state does it for us. At other times they avoid what economists call an externality – so fire safety regulations are partly there because the cost of one builder deciding to cut corners is borne not just by them but by all around.” … [Read more...] about ‘Deadlier than terrorism’ – the right’s fatal obsession with red tape
Why does uk want to leave european union
“We take the view that the vote in June was a vote for departure from the European Union. It was not a vote for destination,” he said. “There should not be a stitch-up between Whitehall and Brussels over the content of our new relationship with Europe. The British people should have this final say.” … [Read more...] about Final Brexit deal must not be Whitehall ‘stitch-up’, says Lib Dem leader
The philosopher AC Grayling wrote that the litmus test of liberty is the ID card. The shadow home secretary, David Davis, agrees and has made a welcome stand against the scheme, explaining that not only will it be vastly expensive but that it is unlikely to make us any safer from terrorism or identity theft. People are coming round to his view. Nick Clegg, a candidate in the Lib Dem leadership contest, says that he would rather face court proceedings than register for an ID card. Battling Boris Johnson has said something similar. Would you go as far as Mr Clegg and your London mayoral candidate? Yours sincerely, Henry Porter … [Read more...] about So, Mr Cameron, what would you do with our liberties?
I appreciate deeply the anxiety of Labour MPs where their constituency voted heavily for Brexit. But my strong advice would be to make a virtue of saying: let’s make up our minds when we see what deal Theresa May gets; she should get the best agreement for jobs, trade and prosperity and put all the options on the table in the negotiation. … [Read more...] about The way to fight the Tories in June’s election is to turn Brexit against them
Convinced that European Commission spokesmen were lying and that Brussels 'panjandrums' wanted to turn the EU into a super-state, he sleuthed out secret documents. His lazy rivals, who spent much time in bars, accused him of making up his stories. These included scoops about 'the threat to British pink sausages', diktats about the shape of bananas and sizes of condoms, how women had been 'ordered to return old sex toys' and how euro notes made people impotent. … [Read more...] about Thank you for saving my life: Boris Johnson stops in Downing Street to deliver tribute to the ‘beating heart of this country’ NHS before heading with pregnant fiancée Carrie to Chequers by car