There is a good case for stronger regulation, perhaps even abolition. But a one-sided view of the rights and obligations of property isn’t it.
The best way to protect the small proportion who struggle is to guarantee a mature, well-regulated gaming sector.
Opposition by big business and other vested interests makes enacting pro-growth policies difficult but not impossible.
If our members are constricted further, with no freedom to compete and invest, it is not just they and their customers which will suffer. It will be the Treasury.
It isn’t perfect, but it now focuses on real harms to vulnerable people rather than dangerous attempts to police free speech amongst adults.
The second part of a mini-series on ConservativeHome this week about how the Government can help Britain’s economy to grow faster.
Expanding free support for the areas with the lowest birth rates, cutting bureaucracy, bolstering tenants’ rights, supporting cooperatives, and reforming regulation.
The aim should not be to have the government try to boost birth rates, but to remove barriers that impede families from making their own self-funded, preferred decisions.
Outsourcing to arms-length groups and insufficient departmental reviews have created a democratic deficit.
Our focus groups in Wakefield are a wake-up call for the Government: responsible adults neither want nor need nannying.
As one Cabinet Minister put it to me recently, the Treasury has never been interested in growth, just in collecting taxes.
It is not their job to line the pockets of shareholders at the cost of undermining a vital national asset.
The usual justifications for state interference in the private sector don’t apply in this unusual sector.
Obesity is a complex problem, and squeezing low-income households with mandatory price hikes won’t solve it.