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Yes, I do. I think it's right that politicians are involved -- elected politicians are involved in the process. As we described the first stage of my interview, there is a series of checks and balances built in, there is a major role for the regulators, but elected politicians, ministers, have a role in the process, and I think that's absolutely right.

I think it's right because when we're talking about matters of public interest, we're making qualitative judgments. We're not following a sort of quantitative metric, which is what one would normally do with, say, a competition case, and I think it's right that those decisions be made by people who are -- have legitimacy through the democratic process, who are accountable to Parliament, as I was, and, you know, I think there is a -- we hear this in many other contexts, that when controversial, difficult issues are involved, it's often said, why don't we take this out of the hands of the politicians? I think that's in a way intellectually lazy. I think where we do have a genuine public interest choice to make, I think it is appropriate in a democracy that we involve the politicians rather than some kind of platonic guardians who are in some sense isolated from the political process.

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