Parliament eager to cede more power to unaccountable regulators


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Matthew Lesh quoted in Sky News and Guido Fawkes

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Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

Matthew Lesh writes for CapX

IEA Director of Public Policy and Communications Matthew Lesh has written for CapX, warning that the government’s proposed Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill (DMCC) risks giving too much power to regulators with too little accountability.

Matthew wrote:

“This may sound technocratic. It’s easy to imagine eyes glossing over the finer details of competition policy. But this debate is fundamental: will Britain be governed by a quangocracy or accountable rulemaking?

“The government is on the cusp of creating an entirely novel and expansive set of powers and giving the regulator extensive discretion without directly scrutinising its decisions.”

Read Matthew’s full piece here.

You can also read the piece on the IEA Blog.

In September 2023, the IEA published Digital Overload: How the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill’s sweeping new powers threaten Britain’s economy, co-authored by Matthew. The paper warns that the DMCC’s powers threaten innovation, investment, and the rule of law. Read more here.