No government transparency – Labour

6 Mar

Labour fail the honesty test. Politicians should be working for us, not hiding in dark alleys doing secret deals behind our backs. Full transparency other than on national security matters.

“Ministers have repeatedly refused to answer questions about how often Mr Whelan has visited Downing Street. This week, a parliamentary question in the Commons from Francis Maude, the Conservative frontbencher, to the Cabinet Office failed to produce any information”.

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5 Responses to “No government transparency – Labour”

  1. Jose March 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    While politicians are chosen by “others” to be placed in lists that we must go to the polls to elect, they owe to those others not us.

    Democracy has been so decaffed that only its name remains, not its goals.

  2. Fiale March 8, 2010 at 12:40 am #

    Jose – I agree to a point. There is always going to be a party decision to put forward candidates that they feel can win, present them in a good image and not rock the boat (therefore hamper funding – or the public perception of the party).

    There is of course a reason, big parties have large numbers of people wishing to stand, they cannot provide seats for all – maybe primaries in parties for candidates could work – but it could also just alienate people and provide a outcome no better.

    Some parties (English Democrats and The Jury team) are looking for candidates to stand – I would argue they are not placed on list by others but people willing to put their money, convictions and commitment into something they believe in (if however they should win a seat and stand again we will here they are part of the establishment, do not understand the “common” person or have been put on a list by others).

    Sometimes, maybe there really no way to win.

  3. Jose March 8, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    I understand from what I’ve seen in elections here that large lists of candidates are also a strategy to draw electorate, to absorb them into the party in question, thereby taking them off the rival parties. A combination between party and individual options.

    The only, in my view, chance for Democracy to be respected is the celebrated pyramid, a wide base tapering up to the collectively elected summit. And as you say those willing to invest money and time into a common project.

    Congrats for your new blog and good luck.

  4. Jose March 8, 2010 at 6:22 am #

    In this connection here is an article interesting to read:
    quote:
    Zygmunt Bauman | On Languages of Power and Powerlessness
    Zygmunt Bauman, Truthout: “The disciplining force of society is at its most effective when its human origins are denied or covered up. The admission that society – with all its prescriptions and proscriptions, rewards for obedience and punishments for veering off the line – rests ultimately on man-made choices and decisions invites critical scrutiny, dissent and resistance: What has been done by humans can be undone by humans. No wonder that throughout the modern era, attempts were made and continue to be made to represent the grounds for the demands of power-holders as beyond human capacity.”
    unquote
    http://www.truthout.org/on-languages-power-and-powerlessness57363

  5. fiale March 8, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    Thank you for the link, I will read it this afternoon when I return home.

    Thank for the comments.

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