We wrote in praise this week of the Competition Commission’s recommendation that exclusive lease agreements between grocery retail chains and mall owners should come to an end immediately as they are damaging and inherently anticompetitive.

What we did not write about is the government’s destructive role in stifling competition and wider participation in the economy, the common thread running through recommendations of at least three major inquiries in the grocery retail, private health-care and internet-data markets.  ..

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