They have argued that “red tape” impedes our freedom and damages productivity. Britain, they have assured us, would be a better place with fewer forms to fill in, fewer inspections and less enforcement.
But what they call red tape often consists of essential public protections that defend our lives, our futures and the rest of the living world. The freedom they celebrate is highly selective: in many cases it means the freedom of the rich to exploit the poor, of corporations to exploit their workers, landlords to exploit their tenants and industry of all kinds to use the planet as its dustbin.
George Monbiot, «With Grenfell Tower, we’ve seen what ‘ripping up red tape’ really looks like», in theguardian.com ; London : Guardian News and Media Limited, 15 june 2017 (excerpt La Litera información)