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And it may be that I ought to identify principles and objectives, but given that all this is recommendation, as you identify the policy cycle accurately to be, I'm just not sure whether you're not suggesting that I should be jumping two stages ahead of myself and making some assumptions about what Ofcom would say is technically feasible and technically well-balanced in an area where everybody agrees there is no clear metric, there's no magic bullet that solves any of these issues. It requires a number of competing interests to be taken into account which I might not be the best suited to take into account.

So question whether I have to leave a rather greater flexibility to push the decision-making along without being definitive or dogmatic. I'm not trying to withdraw from a debate that I ought to be having or making a decision which I ought to make, provided I am the best person to make that decision, because one thing I assure you of: any decision I make outwith my expertise is going to be subject to rigorous challenge by anybody affected by it. Actually, decisions that might be said to be within my expertise are likely to be the subject of rigorous challenge by anybody who disagrees with them.

I'm happy to take on what I have to take on, but I'm keen to hear your view on my reasons for caution, because I don't want the LSE to be producing a paper headed "A lost opportunity!" Maybe it will.

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