In a ground breaking speech to the CBI today the Prime Minister told the nation that he knows what’s best for us. He said there are a lot of clever people in Whitehall who think like he does on lots of issues and they make and/or repeal laws and regulations according to his strategic vision…
…on the matter of equalities issues.
“We have smart people in Whitehall who consider equalities issues while they’re making the policy. We don’t need all this extra tick-box stuff. So I can tell you today we are calling time on equality impact assessments. You no longer have to do them if these issues have been properly considered.That way policy-makers are free to use their judgment and do the right thing to meet the equalities duty rather than wasting their own time and taxpayers’ money”.
…on the matter of judicial reviews.
“The government will make it harder for groups and individuals to challenge government decisions using judicial review. The time limit for bringing a case would be reduced, the cost would go up and the opportunities for appeal would be reduced, he said. Full details will be outlined in a Ministry of Justice consultation published soon. Although some judicial review cases were valuable, “so many are completely pointless”, Cameron said.
…on the matter of enlightened despotism.
“Ministers will be allowed to introduce policy without consultation. When the government came to power, all decisions were subject to a three-month consultation, he said. He said the government had already decided to allow ministers to hold shorter consultations, lasting as little as two weeks. “And we are going further, saying: if there is no need for a consultation, then don’t have one,” he said.
We have been ‘softened up’ for two years now as the Government propaganda machine has gone into overdrive to dismantle our health and safety regulations in the name of enterprise and in the face of distinguished dissenting voices whose reports DID NOT produce the expected findings on the existence of a compensation culture.
NOW THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED IT ISN’T EVEN GOING TO BOTHER WITH POLICY CONSULTATION AND REVIEW…
A populist bonfire of so-called red tape and ‘unnecessary regulations’ is being used to restrict access to justice and is creating a smokescreen for the government to drive through a whole raft of worrying legislation the most recent of which being the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill – a benign sounding title for a Trojan Horse of Iniquity.
It seems that as we are running out of time to do what the PM wants, we are just going to have to let him get on with it.
Don’t worry though…it’ll be all right on the night, won’t it?