UK PM David Cameron has said that our economy is under attack. In a situation which he has likened to "during a war" he believes that we should be operating as if that was the case. In British war times of the past red tape was cut ad Cameron believes that is what we should be doing right now.In a speech planned for today it has been reported that Cameron will say, 'When this country was at war, Whitehall underwent a revolution. Normal rules were circumvented. Convention was thrown out.'
Whilst in many ways that makes sense it could of course lead the government to selectively remove what it wants to.
Mr Cameron has attacked the speed, or lack of it, of Whitehall. He has described its operations as sluggish and more. When he speaks to the CBI, the Confederation of British Industry, he is expected to say "Government can still be far too slow at getting stuff done," "Consultations, impact assessments, audits, reviews, stakeholder management, securing professional buy-in, complying with EU procurement rules, assessing sector feedback – this is not how we became one of the most powerful, prosperous nations on earth. It's not how you get things done. So I am determined to change this."
Cameron is set to point to Churchill as a good example of cutting red tape by saying, "When this country was at war in the 40s, Whitehall underwent a revolution," "Normal rules were circumvented. Convention was thrown out. As one historian put it, everything was thrown at 'the overriding purpose' of beating Hitler. Well, this country is in the economic equivalent of war today – and we need the same spirit."We need to forget about crossing every 't' and dotting every 'i' – and we need to throw everything we've got at winning in this global race."
According to the BBC "Opponents will have less time to apply for judicial review, face higher fees and will have their chances of appealing halved. Mr Cameron will tell business leaders this is so "people think twice about time-wasting" to delay developments."
Whilst his words ring true Mr Cameron has to be careful about making rash promises. He does have a bit of a history of saying what he thinks his listener wants to hear. Addressing the CBI his speech will be focused on business and nothing else. In recent times he promised a change to the way energy suppliers in the UK confuse people with various tariffs on offer. It turned out that he was speaking off the cuff and it is proving yet another false promise, at least so far.
This speech of course has been better planned. It will be made with one eye on the next election. The Tories have already begun their next election campaign. This early start shows that they know they have a mountain to climb.
If Cameron can cut bureaucratic red tape all well and good. Kudos to him. If it turns out to be yet another exercise to hit the poor in the UK it will be a step too far.
You can see more of his proposed speech here
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