Sunday, May 20, 2007

Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill

So we are going to have to deal with this Bill. I had hoped that the Commons would kill it -- but it clearly has widespread support there.

It seems to me to be corrupt, in the finest sense of that word. For someone to protect themselves from the effect of general legislation merely because they have the power to do so, and to neglect to address the interests of others, seems to me to be profoundly wrong. It is just the sort of behaviour which we have become used to criticising in the European Parliament, and it pains me to see it appearing here.

I cannot see that any attempt was made in the House of Commons to defend what was being done -- they just sat there while their opponents tried to play for time. A measure like this surely needs details justification, and at least our procedures in the Lords will make sure that it requires that to pass.. At the very least, however much we pay respect to the House of Commons, we should insist on the removal of the House of Lords from this legislation.


Anonymous Ken Grayling said...

MP's complain about the lack ofengagement of the public - especially in election turnouts, and then have the gall to still further reduce the respect they are held in (!)

Meanwhile, in Scotland, MSP's expenses are open to view. How quaint!

8:53 pm  
Blogger Ralph Lucas said...

Quite - adds to the earthquake potential.

4:13 pm  
Anonymous The Bishop Swine said...

I am just so tired of Labours badly thought out legislation. It seems designed to sap the soul of the nation. Even more than a lack of respect, many Labour front bench MP's illicit contempt and outrage. Jacqui Smith may have a few admirers in Redditch, but my dear old mum is transformed from sweet old lady, to venom spitting anger, by her utterances. This labour government is well past its sell by date and as stale as hell.

4:50 pm  

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