I used to think that those who describe the Coalition Government as ‘Maoist’ in its overall approach were just a little over the top. Now I’m not so sure. Even after one year in power, its continuing contempt for anything that worked before, and its readiness to get rid of things long before it’s got any idea what might take their place, are truly impressive.
Having identified a pedigree herd of sacred cows whilst still in opposition, it is now intent on slaughtering them just as speedily and bloodily as possible – before the usual cohort of special Cow Preservation Societies start to fight back.
From that perspective, therefore, one can’t help but be impressed that Ministers have now included the whole body of UK environmental legislation in their ‘red tape challenge’ – a crowd-sourcing, Big Society initiative to gauge levels of public enthusiasm for axing any regulations that are deemed to be most irksome to our wealth-creators.
That means 278 different environmental Laws under consideration, including the very foundations on which the UK’s legislative framework is built, such as the Clean Air Act and the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
Quite. After 13 years of ever more layers of regulation, largely created by you and your ilk, it is indeed necessary to stop, think, and work out which, if any, of these layers of regulation we actually need and which we\’d like to get rid of.
Sure, it\’s annoying to you to see your life\’s work undone, all those restrictions you managed to navigate through the bowels of the bureaucracy, but this is indeed the very point of considering all of these regulations.
To undo your life\’s work, if such can be shown to be mistaken. It\’s why the Sustainable Development Commission was abolished: because much of what you have been working for is indeed wrong and needs to be reversed.
And yes, I am enjoying seeing it happen and you squirm as it does.