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Britain comes to its senses . . . a little

Posted: August 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm   /   by

I’m not often jealous of other countries. The United States continues to be the greatest nation in the history of the world. But the longer that Obama and the hard left are running things, the more likely it is for that exceptional nature to ebb. Already, we’ve slipped more than six positions in various indices of economic freedom. Other countries’ currencies are doing better. Canada, once well to our left, is now engaging in market reforms that are having a salutary effect on their economy and their liberty.

And even in the UK, long afflicted with the same creeping statism we have here, they’re coming to their senses, at least in one area:

UK government scraps environmental regulations to save £400 million

UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry announced yesterday the scrapping of 86 environmental regulations that will save businesses £400 million over the next 20 years.

The package of reforms, which also includes improvements to a further 48 regulatory regimes, is part of the government’s Red Tape Challenge that aims to remove surplus regulation hindering businesses.

“It is vital that we have a regulatory regime which promotes fairness and consumer and environmental protection, but does not impose unnecessary costs or barriers to generating the necessary investment, innovation and skills we need to build the low carbon economy,” says Hendry.

“but does not impose unnecessary costs or barriers to generating the necessary investment, innovation and skills”

What a novel thought!

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook