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Opinion: Deregulate Sunday trading to go for growth

The Coalition needs to get over its obsession with small businesses – and deregulate Sunday trading
With the recent fragility of the Coalition, it’s easy to forget that the Lib Dems do agree with the Tories on some issues. If we didn’t, it would have been impossible to forge a workable government in the first place. Mounting instability over constitutional reform makes it all the more important that the two parties can work together where their philosophies do align. One of those areas is economic and regulatory policy. Despite some notable blind spots, the Conservatives do share our belief in the strength of the free market to provide long-run economic growth. While many regulations are necessary and right, the Coalition should be able to work together in order to eliminate arbitrary and damaging rules that distort rather than level the economic playing field.

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  • User AvatarJames Bliss 28th May - 7:33pm
    Like I said in my original comment Conor, a lot of the things you have suggested (like email updates) we already do. And for things...
  • User AvatarJoe Bourke 28th May - 7:24pm
    David Raw, I don't think it was a stupid decision at all and Alan Beith was right. The decision to give operational independence over monetary...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 28th May - 7:15pm
    @ JoeB, And to understand why giving the BoE this responsibility is a stupid idea, try Googling the phrase "Myth of Central Bank Indepndence". The...
  • User AvatarJem Coulson 28th May - 6:59pm
    All good points Paul and worthy of consideration. It is worth recognising that the UK comprises 4 nations (ie England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 28th May - 6:55pm
    Me too, Geoff. Am I correct in assuming that LBC is some sort of radio broadcaster situated at the less desirable wrong end of the...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 28th May - 6:42pm
    @ Joed Bourke "And whose stupid idea was it to give this responsibility to the BoE in the first place? Gordon Brown as Chancellor. I'm...