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Tag Archives: government
The Queen and the rule of Law: Magna Carta’s myth
In a recent Spectator article, Daniel Hannan explained that the Queen obeyed the rule of law. “..I’m closely involved with the project—will be unveiling a large bronze statue of the Queen, symbolizing both 800 years of the Crown’s acceptance of … Continue reading
Posted in corruption, justice, philosophy, statesmanship Tagged British people, Elizabeth II, government, Government of the United Kingdom, Politics of the United Kingdom, Prerogative, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Royal prerogative, United Kingdom Comments Off on The Queen and the rule of Law: Magna Carta’s myth
Ferguson and the death of the American idea
At the heart of the American idea is that belief that self-government is possible. Self-government is one in which there is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people can flourish. The laws are made democratically, … Continue reading
Posted in Government, justice, statesmanship Tagged America, American, American People, Chicago, Ferguson, government, Michael Brown, United States 3 Comments
Surveillance, Safety and the Rule of Law: Questions and Answers
We have heard many stories about the surveillance state and its power over the individual. We have heard that the United States has abused its position and its power to its advantage. Many people are outraged at what they believe … Continue reading
Posted in Government, privacy, statesmanship, transparency, Uncategorized Tagged Edward Snowden, government, Law, National Security Agency, NSA, President of the United States, Rule of law, Surveillance, Surveillance state, United States Comments Off on Surveillance, Safety and the Rule of Law: Questions and Answers
Vexatious requests guidance: weakening our power to make the state speak
The long awaited guidance on vexatious requests has arrived. The guidance follows from two distinct events. The first was the Parliament’s review of FOIA during which the MoJ presented evidence that suggested council’s were limited in their ability to deal … Continue reading
Open data creates inefficient government and why this is good
The promise that open data will improve government efficiency is misplaced. Every administration claims it will make government effective and efficient. We had Clinton’s Reinventing Government and Bush’s reforms after 11 September. Neither has delivered as it promised. In large … Continue reading
Posted in Government, local government, open data, public sector, transparency Tagged Democracy, government, government efficiency, government inefficiency, Hurricane Katrina, inefficient government, open data, Politics, September, Tim Berners-Lee, United States Comments Off on Open data creates inefficient government and why this is good
What is the public interest in an undeclared war? Leveson Inquiry connection to the Iraq War
Was the Iraq war a declared war that demonstrated an existential threat to the United Kingdom against which the public had to be consulted? Lord Hennessy in his testimony to the Post Legislative Scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act … Continue reading
Posted in FOIA, Government, statesmanship, war Tagged government, Iraq, Leveson Inquiry, Lord Hennessy, Public interest, Rupert Murdoch, United States, World News Comments Off on What is the public interest in an undeclared war? Leveson Inquiry connection to the Iraq War
In defence of frivolous requests: FOIA and political accountability.
The FOIA is under post legislative scrutiny by the justice select committee. The written and oral evidence provided showed a concerned for frivolous or time wasting requests. I write here to defend one of these requests and show that they … Continue reading
Posted in FOIA, Government, local government, public sector, transparency Tagged Catholic Church, Freedom of Information Act, Freedom of information legislation, government, human-rights, Justice Select Committee Comments Off on In defence of frivolous requests: FOIA and political accountability.