If you run an incompetent and sometimes dishonest outfit such as Bexley council, the Freedom of Information Act must be the bane of your life
as interested individuals strive to prise the truth out of an organisation
unfamiliar with the concept. So naturally Bexley council puts obstacles in the
way and their latest is to publish the names of applicants on its website. That
puts a legal FOI request into the same category usually reserved for fugitives
from justice and bus vandals. How long before the same technique is applied to
late library books or bin lids left slightly open?
Councillor Colin Campbell, cabinet member for corporate affairs is the bright spark who has dreamed up this latest assault on democracy. He says that FOI requests are costing more than the council leaders allowance. Perhaps he should ask himself which provides the best value for the money.
Personally Im not convinced that putting names on a website is much of a disincentive and I hope that Colin Campbells authoritarian scheme fails. Does anyone have any idea why so-called Conservatives are so keen to act like left-wing dictators these days? I suspect that its not unconnected with the partys abysmal poll ratings. If the choice is between two sets of idiots you might as well vote for the party which is the acknowledged expert in that field.
Ive not yet found any FOI names on the council website even though they are said to be there. My name wont be included, Ive not made any FOI requests.