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.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Cautious Optimism

We’ve mentioned Gordon Brown’s Green Paper, “the Governance of Britain” before. It’s a statement of intent making all the right noises about strengthening government accountability to Parliament, Freedom of Information etc. Published in July 2007, all we could really say was “time will tell”.

Jack Straw, in a Commons statement yesterday, made announcements that would seem to indicate there may well be some genuine movement in this direction - Freedom of Information especially.

All encouraging news. Our “Elected Representatives (Prevention of Deception) Bill may well be a step too far but Adam Price will be introducing it in the next session and todate we have the support of an extraordinary 31 MPs. It’ll be interesting to see if it’ll get as far as being debated in the house.


  1. My last comment was lost so I hope this gets through. I think you need to give us more info/support so we can help ourselves...
    PDF posters we can print off and put in windows - 'My politician - ... is honest! He/she signed...
    'I'm still waiting to find out if ... wants to lie to us.'
    Give us the email addresses - some of these people rely on viewing figures as well as votes.
    Email templates along the lines of - if you don't make me a promise; I make it my promise to vote for someone else.
    Keep the pressure up!

  2. A great bill that we should pursue and drive home, apart from a whopping get-out clause in any defence.

    (d) acted in the interests of national security.

    Introducing freedom restricting laws in the name of national security has been the primary excuse in recent times to lie to the people.

  3. Is that it - bill failed?

    There doesn't appear to be any news on the internet about whether you have just given up or about the bill's current status.
    How can people challenge their MPs when there is no plan for the bill to be reintroduced?

    And it would help if blog posts were dated.