The Professors passion for "The Science of Deceit" started here...

Employed by the Ministry (in a covert capacity) to help introduce the law ending dishonest politics, you can see his hand all over the posts of past.

Current political circumstances have forced him to reveal himself and as we speak, MPs are signing up to re-introduce The Elected Representatives (Prohibition of Deception) Bill for debate with over 80,000 voters supporting them.

Posts before Jan '08 are purely for the record (with hindsight they make fascinating reading). Posts after May 13th mark the Professor's return.


Meet the Professor

Friday, February 02, 2007

Thatcher and Maurice Frankel ??? Out-takes, behind the Freedom of Information Act

Amazingly, Thatcher was one of the first to push for the Freedom of Information Act as a Private Members Bill. Maurice Frankel shows us the files detailing behind the scenes bickering, fears, chicanery, negotiations and horse-trading that goes on. Also, the low-down on the current proposed gov't ammendments to the Act etc. Very rough and ready edit.

11 comments:

  1. Hilarious to think the boot was on the other foot for Thatcher. Also nice to see nothing's changed with the double-dealing etc. in the corridors.

    ReplyDelete
  2. orange chelsea2 Feb 2007, 08:58:00

    they wage bets on bringing casinos

    my bet is those gamblers will spend more money/ thus raising more revenues then the miserable costs that stop the flow of freedom of information

    birmingham beheading- muslims- reid's home from home office- timing is off the essence and bliars time is running out, we can bet on that.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Dr Strangeglove2 Feb 2007, 10:10:00

    Freedom of Information cost £35 million quid so they want to cap it ???? Errr, the Millenium Dome, the Olympics, ID Cards .....

    Maybe there should be a referendum on which we'd prefer to be paying for.. Now that's something I'd bet on.

    ReplyDelete
  4. This man really should be given an honour. Dedicated his whole life etc. For Chrissakes, when you compare him to the mob Bliar etc. put up last time you can see what a ridiculous level of cronyism the gov't endorses.

    ReplyDelete
  5. "dedications what we need"

    jim'll fix it

    ReplyDelete
  6. margaret thatcher freedom of info act??

    in the same fxxking sentence

    wow

    ReplyDelete
  7. maggie's a libertarian dontcha know

    ReplyDelete
  8. more a librarian these days

    ReplyDelete
  9. To me, the question of capping, either time or number of requests, is secondary to the question of request. To me, the biggest concern that still surrounds FOI is that we have to ask for information. By definition, information isn't free if you have to be aware of it in order to ask for it.

    The biggest problem with all our democracies is that nobody really understands what democracy is. By defnition, sovereignty should reside in the common man rather than his elected government, which should function purely as an executor of the common man's will. Under this definition, we have a right not only to the information, but to knowing that the information is there. As such, I would suggest that the ideal would be for ALL information generated by government to be made available via the internet, public archives, etc.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Dr Strangeglove said...
    "Freedom of Information cost £35 million quid so they want to cap it ???? Errr, the Millenium Dome, the Olympics, ID Cards .....

    Maybe there should be a referendum on which we'd prefer to be paying for.. Now that's something I'd bet on."

    IMPOSTERRRR !!!!!!

    And you, You Mr Elves... You are clearly of a radical nature, incapable of pragmatic, logical neural processes.

    I have friends.

    They will visit you.

    They will make you understand better your synapses, nervous system, musculature.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Strangelove you miserable nazi pig, when I cross your path in hell I'm gonna wrap your goddamn wheelchair around your fucking neck.

    ReplyDelete