Talk of more competition can be naïve if the choice simply amounts to either buying from a national monopoly or making an off-the-shelf purchase from the USA.
The confederation has wielded considerable influence over the last 30 years. But other, more entrepreneurial voices, must be heard, too.
One essential Bank of England chart illustrates what went wrong, beyond reasonable doubt.
However, I do fear that in certain areas it hands too much power to a regulator which is just as prone to mistakes as those it supervises.
The Business Secretary argues that Parliament’s actions are “discouraging businesses from taking the steps they need to take”, and holding up private sector investment.
We should counter their crude and authoritarian plan proposals with a progressive plan for flexible working which better suits the modern workforce.
As with the NHS, policing, immigration and stop & search, so with trade. The Prime Minister will want a quick win – or at least progress towards one.
So, there is a choice: either we leave with No Deal… or we preserve our future fiscal space – we cannot do both.
The David and Goliath struggle between the Metric Martyrs and EU harmonisation could yet have a happy ending.
At the same time, my research shows some of the hurdles any theoretical new movement will have to cross if it is to survive contact with reality.
Extension would be a breach of promise, but it offers advantages which the Prime Minister’s vassal arrangement does not.
In trying to find a way across, and to secure the votes she needs from Labour MPs, the Prime Minister risks unintended consequences.
It would bring with it many compensations, including regulatory freedom, tariff income and £39 billion of cold, hard cash.
Whilst most drivers are pillars of the community, recent events have shown how regulation and protections can be tightened.
They should eschew the fire-and-forget approach which gave us the Electoral Commission.