How to waste money and alienate the people

Does anyone actually believe the government’s stated reason for curtailing the public’s right to know?

What wastes time and money is vague, ambiguous and unenforced legislation (like so many New Labour laws). That is the problem with the current Freedom of Information Act. And rather than make the law more concise, precise and enforced, this government wants to introduce another level of convoluted bureaucracy. Requests will be rejected if a public official can prove they come from people working for the same legal body. How will they define who works for the same organisation? Well now we know. They will draft in a contingent of officials (paid for by you and I) to decide how to classify requesters. What a great way to waste time and money.

Written answers
Thursday, 8 February 2007

Vera Baird (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs) – My Department will publish comprehensive guidance on any changes to the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations, including on how to exercise discretion in deciding if a person is acting in concert or in pursuance of a campaign.

One Response to “How to waste money and alienate the people”

  1. Anthony Wragg says:

    I picked up a copy of your book on the Freedom of Information Act in 2006.
    I have been investigating Freemasonary for quite some time now and its links in government.

    Barack Obama has been seen witlh a Masonic ring in one of his press conferences which is quite interesting.
    How does the freedom of information act work to gather information of Freemasonary.
    Can I find out if Barack Obama is a member of Freemasonary by using the channels of the freedom of information act or does the official secrets act work against that?

    Do I assume he is a member because of his taste in jewlery?
    I feel this subject matter has to be dealt with quite carefully as thier is always a danger that it can fall into Consipiracy theory but it is a difficult thing when they operate in secret didn’t Kennedy say that he wanted to smash the CIA in a 1000 pieces? Why does power in the world and secrets always go hand in hand.
    Well if perhaps you have the time you can point me in the right direction.

    Well hope your reply

    Thanks for your work and what you do!

    Oh its a shame the first black president wasn’t Alan Keyes that would be certainly a better choice.

    Be great if you could engage with me on this as not had much experience with talking to people like this.
    Take it easy!!

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