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What strikes me about this story is the absence of media and popular interest in it.
What we’re seeing is quite remarkable. The government is brazenly pushing this legislation despite the apparent fact that its effects will, at the very least, be notably different to the ones they are publicly acknowledging. Further, an important representative body for the professional group most directly subject to the legislation (the GPC) emphatically opposes it.
It is very much the equivalent of the government proposing a new tax on businesses, falsely claiming that they won’t be forced to pay it, and then ignoring the CBI when they object. The difference is that, if that were the case, it would be constant headline news. In this case, the BBC appears more interested in running features on UKIP.