Ten Thousand Regulations

July 24, 2012

Question: I saw on facebook a quote attributed to Winston Churchill. I can find no documentation to support his saying or writing these words. Can you help me to verify it is an accurate quote or a misattribution?
 
“If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.”
Jenny

Answer: Jenny, yes, he said it (“make” not “have”). You will find the sournce in Richard Langworth’s book, Churchill By Himself on page 17:

Free Market
“If you destroy a free market you create a black market.”
House of Commons, 1949, 3 FEBRUARY.
He added: “If you make 10,000 regulations you destroy all respect for the law.”
He was arguing against the increasing regulations of industry and commerce by the postwar Labour Government (1945-51).

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