Red tape and regulation continue to haunt us all, it seems.
And yet another push to do something about it is on the agenda.
Why, I wonder, does this make my heart sink?
It's not because the issue is not important or that the problem is not real. It's just that one man's vital regulation or law is another man's bin job.
From time to time the Government has a go at reform.
So we have the Better Regulation Taskforce and we have recently seen Customs and the Inland Revenue combined.
Yet nothing seems to touch the on-going waves of legislation and regulation.
Trying to hold the line is like King Canute holding back the sea.
Last week it was the EU in the spotlight.
It is attempting to gauge the views of business opinion ahead of the launch of some major programme in October, which supposedly seeks to simplify existing EU rules and procedures.
If it wasn't so serious it would be almost comic.
The EU and its legions of bureaucrats rely on red tape and regulation for their very existence.
What possible incentive does the organisation or its administration have to reduce paperwork, red tape and regulation? None.
Last week James Cooper, policy officer at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, denounced " the two- fold problem facing small businesses - the EU's insistence on over-regulation and the Government's policy of falling in line with it".
He went on: "Small companies do not have the time or resource to properly comply with all that the EU hurl at them and there is a case for the UK to put the blue pencil through quite a lot of it."
Putting a blue pencil through it isn't going to happen largely because us British have always felt we must "play fair" in these sort of matters.
But why we can't be more like the French who turn a blind eye to much that emanates from Brussels and readily snub the European Commission whenever something doesn't suit them, is quite beyond me.
Bizarrely, we now have Geoffrey Robinson of all people wading into the issue.
The Coventry North West MP has called together local business leaders to ask them to come forward with ideas on how the Government can lighten the burden of red tape.
Why? Because the Government is currently asking for businesses to point out any number of needless or badly-enforced regulations.
"I believe this review could make a real difference to businesses," pontificates Mr Robinson, as if he has just had a Road to Damascus conversion.
Annette Fitzgerald, head of policy at Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, has welcomed the new drive to cut red tape.
Well, you have to, don't you.
"Red tape is one of the greatest bugbears for firms and is something our members have highlighted to us as a strain on their business," she insists.
I really wouldn't build your hopes up, Annette.