There are few elements of national infrastructure that warrant direct central government determination; defence installations are one, strategic international travel infrastructure is perhaps another.
As to casinos, what business is it of government to determine their number and location? If the people of Blackpool, for instance, believe their future lies in becoming the UK's Las Vegas, and can persuade investors to put their money in, why shouldn't this be a local decision?
Ownership of second homes is to be made subject to planning consent, but though the decision will be taken locally the criteria and the 'tests' will be determined by government, and will doubtless incorporate some inane socialist social engineering objectives. Why not enable local communities to make their own planning rules?
As for 24 hour drinking, what arrogance of government to believe that a central Statist fit-all prescription was ever appropriate. What suits Newcastle may not suit Chichester; what works in a non-residential entertainment cluster may not work in a quiet village. If anything demands a locally determined framework, it is alcohol licencing. For many years the people of some Welsh villages didn't want the pubs open on a Sunday. If that's their wish, why should government ride roughshod over the wishes of local people?
If the smoking ban had been left to local solutions, we would have seen a whole raft of measures tailored to the needs and wishes of local communities. Some licencing areas may have exempted clubs, some may have imposed an outright ban, some may have made conditions requiring parts of the building being made smoke-free, some would have allowed owners and operators to make their own decisions.
All of the above demonstrate the fundamental wrongness of Labour's belief that central Statist prescriptive solutions can tackle every social issue. Our grandfathers would have found the idea that Big State considerations in parliament would include national controls on littering or dog fouling quite ludicrous.
I'm lucky enough to have a window cleaner, whose ladder I can hear as I type. How long, I wonder, before the government produces research demonstrating a link between dirty windows and anti-social behaviour or obesity or whatever, and legislates to require the population to polish their glazing or face spot fines? Not too ridiculous for words, I fear.