Jobs and growth – and red tape

Others, namely Raedwald and Richard North have commented on the utterances emanating from the G8 – or, if we include the two talking-heads from the EU, the G10 – meaning that further comment from me is superfluous as those two posts do rather hit nails on heads.

It is generally believed among the political elite that jobs and growth are required to better the financial status of our nation, although how this is to be accomplished is left a tad vague. Where vagueness is concerned nothing can beat the statement issued from Camp David, from which:

“Recognizing that unnecessary differences and overly burdensome regulatory standards serve as significant barriers to trade, we support efforts towards regulatory coherence and better alignment of standards to further promote trade and growth.”

Readers will no doubt recall the admirable intention of the ‘one in, one out’ rule that was promised in the “Coalition – our programme for government” document issued after Cameron and Clegg grabbed power following the inconclusive 2010 general election. So how is that working, chaps?

If, as they seem to accept, rules and regulations hinder business growth just what are they doing to minimize the problem of burdensome regulatory standards? On 7th April 2011 David Cameron wrote a letter to all Government Ministers at the launch of what was termed the “Red Tape Challenge” (RTC), for which a website was created. Seven months later the newsroom of Direct(dot)gov announced how far, where their areas of responsibility lay, this incentive had progressed – which was not that much.

In fact other than removing the ‘gold-plating’ aspects of regulations enacted there is little any government can do as the ‘core’ of the regulations that have been imposed originate from legislation decreed by Brussels, over which our toy parliament can do zilch. As with the ‘findings’ of Camp David, so with the RTC, it is just words – no more no less – and designed to fool the people that our politicians are doing something.

That politics today is filled with people that know nothing of which they are responsible; are more interested in ensuring they appear on and in the media in a favourable light; and are more concerned with their lifestyle, is part of what may be termed ‘The Grand Design” and one illustrated in an episode of the same name broadecast in the series of “Yes, Prime Minister”



2 Responses

  1. microdave says:

    What earthly use is a “One in, one out” rule? Even if it did what it says on the tin, we would STILL be left with thousands of useless regulations. The only practical course of action is a wholesale “Slash and burn” policy. But, as you point out, as long as our real masters lie over the channel this will not happen…

  2. david says:

    True, md.

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