With many Minsters continually correcting their constituents for ‘not knowing what was in the public interest’ there’s a real fear that open government will disappear completely.
By Moan McVulpine
A FEW years ago in opposition I praised the Freedom of Information commissioner’s role in helping the public hold those in power to account.
They forced “braw concessions oot o’ government bams” for ordinary Scots to see.
Rosemary Whitznew, from the Information Commission, helped expose hypocrisies and embarrassments such as politicians taxi fare millions and the fiscal repercussions of local taxes.
She started by getting the voters to try out different approaches to accountabilities – legal advice and commitment to open government principles were very popular – before asking them to come up with Scots words for secretive two faced fibbers.
A sea of hands went up: evasive, clandestine, creepy, secretive, hypocritical, deceitful, underhanded, two-faced. Total disgust on each and every disbelieving face.
The sussed, of course, see it for whit it is; cheap Westminster style contemptuous politicking at the sovereign Scottish voters expense. So nae chinge there then.
Afterwards, an ex-War Criminal Labourer Prime Minister, said his own government spoke the same SNP style of language of “talk like the left, act like the right”; Bliar’s legacy as it is now known.
For Rosemary, this story is typical. So much consensual trust has disappeared between the Nationalists and the Rationalist Scots populace.
Often voters are still talked down to by manipulative politicians and patronised as if they were children, especially by Firstminsters. It’s drummed in – if they “don’t think right” it will leave them making anti-Scots decisions detrimental to the Firstminsters career.
But there is no right and wrong way to think. There is only Sun King Moses way – and the Porridge Test has already been formulated to correct this anomaly in the voters.
Hiding things from the voters brings a great advantage. It enables only positive progressive stories to emerge that independence is indeed the panacea required to escape the oppressive austerity of the Unionyptians.
However, there is always the danger of inconveniences like the truth and legally binding obligations to cast light on the darker recesses of Nationalist thinking.
In many ways the SNP are now where the Labourers used to be – there is a fear they have run oot o’ ideas and are more concerned with covering their backs than doing anything remotely useful for the populace they serve.
That attitude is probably bang on and correct. Or as one great Scots blogger wrote, “Such a dearth of talent in a party.”