Ruled by Regulations and Road Signs. Opinion

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Ruled by Regulations and Road Signs. Opinion


Byline: Peter Troy

AS A nation we have become very regulated and controlled in all aspects of our lives. The large volume of rules, regulations and laws which we all live by is now accepted as normal.

We live in a centralised environment which has the effect of dumbing down our individuality, logic and intellect thus adversely affecting our quality of life. Yet the process has been so gradual that we have hardly noticed.

As employers, employees, motorists, the retired, users of public transport and as pedestrians we have become conditioned to accept creeping regulation as being good for us - the nanny state knows best.

Either in the name of safety, efficiency or the public interest, we are increasingly told what to do by unaccountable officials who impose their will under threat of sanctions.

Over the past decade robotic, impersonal and dictatorial controls and regulation can be measured by two apparently different facets of life. Firstly, the This often businesses 'out of court' where they huge increase in the numbers of traffic lights and signs on our roads and, secondly, the huge complex volumes of employment law that negatively impacts on the engine room of the British economy - small businesses.

they are at which they to fight.

Whilst HR consultants, lawyers and manufacturers of road signs may welcome this, the rest of us do not.

When politicians canvas us for our votes they faithfully promise to cut back on the excesses. Yet the much vaunted "bonfire of regulations" promised by the coalition Government has been a failure.

At least 4,500 civil and public servants have been taken on nationally since then by central and local Government departments and quangos - three times the number that have been handed compulsory redundancy notices.

In reality there is no sign of any attempt to address the root cause of excessive regulation and officialdom.

The Federation of Small Businesses has fought for a number of years to achieve change in employment law for its members.

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