DATA EXPIRY PROHIBITION
LEON LOUW: Regulators say it’s consumer protection — don’t believe it
‘Local data charges compare favourably with those of comparable countries. Our government drives prices up’
This is my last of 220 weekly and biweekly columns. When first asked to contribute 600-word opinions, I thought it would be easy. "Simply give your opinion on anything," I was told. It would have been easy had I not tried in every column to defend something contrarian by presenting little-known facts, compelling arguments and insights. What appeared as casual lines represented hours, sometimes days, of research. They will be republished in a book. Happily, columns some perceived as outrageous were vindicated by subsequent data and scholarship. I received the most recent example today: Anti-Piketty is the latest in a slew of publications that expose nonsense written by Thomas Piketty, Oxfam and others who sensationalise "extreme inequality". It is increasingly obvious that there is greater equality in the world and market liberalisation has virtually eliminated destitution.This column also challenged inequality and "lack of transformation" propaganda locally. Virtually all subsequent...