"There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy." Joseph PulitzerThe Guardian picks up on a story to which I linked in my preceding post to this, namely that the Ministry of Justice is maintaining that the Freedom of Information Act has not improved government. Too true it hasn't - at least from the politician's and bureaucrat's point of view. The FOIA has turned the spotlight on the behaviour of the political class and they obviously don't like it - one only has to think back to the expenses saga to realise that.
Apropos that preceding post, it is only necessary to give a little thought as to why Dominic Grieve will not release the minutes of the Cabinet Ministerial Committee of Devolution to Scotland and Wales and the English Regions, dating from 1997 and 1998. Grieve's decision only reinforces the fact that there was an element of 'EU' involved and that our political elite do not want that information known by the public. That decisions have been taken that affect the United Kingdom without the people being aware of the reasons is tantamount to dictatorial government - or as I prefer to term it, democratised dictatorship.
On a related matter, Chris Snowden - aka Velvet Glove and Iron Fist - posts here and here on what may be termed the dictatorial use of public money, yet another decision over which the people have not been consulted. Where was the element of 'referism' involved in either of these two decisions? Come to that, where is the element of 'referism' where any government spending is concerned - be that national or local? If these so-called charities were charities, instead of being paid vassals of government, then should not their existence be maintained by public donations? Why should people have money forcibly extracted from them to fund organisations whose 'cause' is one in which they may/do not believe?
Did the Coalition not promise transparency in government? If so, how can an anonymous website be set up to lobby for government policy, unless of course the government has redefined the word 'transparent'; how can Dominic Grieve veto documents if he wishes the public to know the truth, unless of course he doesn't - in which case he cannot lay claim to honesty.
The longer the political class are allowed to continue with their system of democratised dictatorship, the longer they will be able to commit crimes against us, dodge us, trick us, swindle us and maintain their life of vice!