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Can it be right that Ofcom is so very powerful?

Britain has become rather casual about power and the role of regulators

By Paul Tucker  

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

Given the noise around British politics, the announcement of new powers for the Office of Communications, widely known as Ofcom, understandably got lost. Understandable maybe, but regrettable because Ofcom is emerging as a potent part of the UK’s system of unelected power.

Its extra new role will be to police socially damaging content published on media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Ofcom will…

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