Paternalism has become the new normal

Annabel Denham writes for The Spectator

Annabel Denham, IEA Director of Communications, has written for The Spectator commenting on the Bills introduced in the Queen’s Speech.

Annabel argues that, as demonstrated by the sheer amount of new legislation announced this week, politicians are increasingly using the number of regulations they introduce as their metric for success.

“But we now find ourselves in a regulatory rachet, with politicians who define success by the number of new rules they can conjure up to limit ordinary citizens’ room for manoeuvre and expand the reach of the state.”

“The idea of controlling citizens is as old as government. But the notion of regulating citizens and markets is relatively recent. In Britain, this is done alarmingly effectively through the Equality Act and increase in labour market regulation.”

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