Not sure if this is the best place, but:
The British government has put in some massive hikes to the rates paid by high street retailers over the last few years
2017 - Big rates hike threatens businesses "could finish off the high street":
(In fairness, this is an increase based on the increase in land prices. Not a new idea by the Govt. to destroy businesses. Although land prices thing is because they refuse to do anything that might lower house prices, presumably because a lot of MPs are also landlords)
And now this year dozens of major retailers are starting to fail or posting losses.
Now what I want to discuss is: "Why would the UK government want to destroy the high street even faster than it was being destroyed already"?
Or we can discuss: "How could anyone be this incompetent?" If you want to give them the benefit of the doubt and say they made a mistake.