On Balance, The Public Interest Is……

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  1. ideb8 says:

    On balance, we the great UK establishment think, after enormous internal debate in our club last night, that the interests of the public pale into insignificance compared to the interests of a few shy “officials [who might] feel constrained in their advice to Ministers”. Poor, poor officials, I wonder who pays them? It must be such a dogs life being in terror of transparency. We SO feel for them..

    • Hear Hear, most eloquently put

    • And today I decided to send them the following:-

      I am requesting an Internal Review because I feel that the the
      idea that “officials would feel constrained in their advice to
      Ministers, if they were aware that their advice is likely to be
      released into the public domain” is quite frankly laughable.
      Officials giving such advice should surely be more robust than
      that. The Public Interest factor in relation to cuts to the Police
      Service is immense. Public Safety in light of the current Terrorist
      Threats, Crime Reduction and Prevention and the myriad functions
      Police officers perform that don’t seem to be the responsibility of
      anybody else are all factors which I would say mitigate in the
      favour of Disclosure. The public deserve to be informed in matters
      as serious as this. It is for these reasons that I am requesting an
      Internal Review.

      Another month of my life wasted waiting for the inevitable refusal, but why oh why should they get away unchallenged???

  2. Translated as-“Impact and risk assessments, Mr Angry? Well, we haven’t carried them out, but what we WILL tell you, is that we’ve made the decision, so there. Now keep your bloody nose out of things that concern you (and every other member of the public)”

  3. Translated as-“Impact and risk assessments, Mr Angry? Well, we haven’t carried them out, but what we WILL tell you, is that we’ve made the decision, so there. Now keep your bloody nose out of things that concern you (and every other member of the public)”

  4. I’d be good on Catchphrase, I reckon. Say what you see, and all that 🙂

  5. I’d be good on Catchphrase, I reckon. Say what you see, and all that 🙂

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