Quarantine exemption for foreign bosses “a recipe for bureaucratic cronyism”, says IEA expert

Commenting on the announcement that some foreign business leaders will be exempt from quarantine rules, Mark Littlewood, Director General at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“This looks suspiciously like one rule for the rich and tighter, harsher rules for everyone else. Either that or it’s a recipe for bureaucratic cronyism.

“Who in Whitehall is going to determine whether a business trip is likely to lead to the creation or protection of 500 UK-based jobs within two years?

“These absurd and bizarre new laws are further evidence of the need to swiftly move to ending all lockdown restrictions.”


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