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  • Taking the politics out of regulation…and regulators out of politics

    In 2009 David Cameron gave a speech at a Reform event setting out what a future Government under his leadership would do to the nation’s quangos. “With a Conservative government, Ofcom as we know it will cease to exist,” he said. “Its remit will be restricted to its narrow technical and enforcement roles. It will no longer […]

    The battle for Britain’s high street

    There’s a new political battleground. While politicians once argued about who could be toughest on crime, now they wrangle over how tough they can be on supermarket monopolies. Supermarkets are an important feature of the high street, but things could get tough when the localism bill becomes law. Labour leader Ed Miliband kicked off the debate, […]

    David Laws MP ‘Coalition Govt far preferable to irrelevance’

    David Laws, the Liberal Democrat MP and former Chief Secretary to the Treasury has been telling Portland about how the Coalition Government is doing far better than he expected. Laws, one of the architects of the deal that tied his party to the Conservatives, says that being in Government and ‘making the tough choices’ is […]

    Are you ready for ‘sense and respond’?

    I love the film “Minority Report”, in which Tom Cruise plays a wanted criminal who gets his eyeballs replaced to escape police arrest. You may recall the scene in which he walks into a shopping mall, where his new eyes are scanned by an in-store camera. The hologram of woman shop assistant then exclaims, “Hello, Mr. […]

    The pain before the gain

    The next two years are going to be the toughest test for David Cameron and his top flight ministers. These are the times when political commentators get to see whether or not their judgments turn out to be true. Those, like me, who forecast Cameron had inner steel, are about to be proved right or […]

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