Is Blair really listening?

Complaints from business about the "burden of regulation" are almost as clich'd as Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's claims that...

Complaints from business about the "burden of regulation" are almost as clich'd as Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's claims that Labour wants to "make Britain the best place in the world to do business".

That does not mean the complaints are wrong, rather, their familiarity points to the action the prime minister and chancellor must take to deliver what they have promised since 1997.

There was little in last week's Queen's Speech to encourage the IT directors who have told Computer Weekly so eloquently of their frustration about the impact of red tape (page 20).

It is a fair bet that no one in Downing Street expected the Confederation of British Industry to write to the government to express its fears about the costs to business of a planned national identity card scheme (page 5). But the CBI has good reason to sound a warning. Too many government schemes have had costly consequences for business. And too often it has been the IT department that has to juggle with contradictory legal requirements.

Just as companies have to constantly rationalise and simplify their businesses processes to remain competitive, the same is true for the government and its legislation if the UK is to thrive.

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