Tuesday, March 14, 2006

A call to arms

Comrades! An outrage has been committed. A good man has been gagged.

Take that pike down from the thatch! Light your torches! Assemble in the courtyards and squares for we march on London tonight!


Some background: The other day, I posted on 'copper blogging' and the amount of time that officials spend (at the public expense) drawing up rules that itemise what can't be said.

Random Acts of Reality reports that one such peeler has stopped blogging as a result. It can only be a matter of time before some pen-pusher drafts rules to gag the Diary of a Criminal Solicitor, the Magistrate's blog, and indeed, Random Acts of Reality itself - among other professional blogs.

There are over 400 local authorities in this country, and the vast majority of them actually pay someone to keep the lid on their elected Councillors (I've covered this before here) alongside the obnoxious Standards Board (moaned about here).

For everybody who has ever campaigned in favour of open government, freedom of information or democratic renewal, this surely is a cause that should stir the blood?

"The great appear great to us only because we are on our knees. Let us rise."
With apologies to James Connolly

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