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Well, I think the direction of policy in the last -- over the last generation has been in that direction, and politicians have been progressively removed from competition policy decisions, but there is a small residue where there is a genuine issue of what one could call national -- of public interest.

Let me just take the example which has never been subject to test in practice, which is national security. It's difficult to imagine how one could construct a set of guidelines for people who are totally outside of the political domain and are not accountable to Parliament to make a qualitative judgment about the national interest in cases of security, and I'd have thought that there was, you know -- so in practice, I think the issue is whether we have chosen the right areas to ringfence for semi-political processes.

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