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  • seandodson 12:58 pm on January 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1922 committee, , freedom of information, harriet harman, , MPS, , , , , westminster   

    Don’t let our MPs conceal their expenses 

    London Calling !

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    Members of Parliament will vote on Thursday to change the law in an attempt to keep details of their expenses a secret. The vote comes just days before the publication of their expenses is due to be released under the Freedom of Information Act.

    The move will make MPs and peers the only paid public officials who do not have to disclose the full details of their expenses and allowances.

    Harriet Harman, leader of the House, is understood to have pressed for the change in the law after being lobbied by the Tory 1922 backbench committee who argued that MPs have already been embarrassed by disclosures under the Freedom of Information Act about their expenses. Scottish MSPs are already required to make a full disclosure.

    MPs have argued that tougher rules on how MPs audit their expenses will police MPs. I disagree. My view is that if you have nothing to hide, why try to hide it?

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    • seandodson 7:42 pm on January 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Look like we won. The power of the internet, eh.

    • Make money on the Internet for Real 1:26 am on January 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It is odd how the political staff always try to keep secrets… we vote for them at the following second they’re already seeking a way to keep us out of all the informations, the truth or whatever we call it!

      IMO this is essential to keep an eye (private eye) on money spent to know how reasonable they are(‘nt). There’s no reason why only us have to declare everything.


  • seandodson 12:38 pm on February 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , freedom of information, , mother jones, , , torture, US, US military   

    Torture playlist sounds a belated note of sanity 

    Yesterday I posted an article on the Guardian Arts Blog directing its readers to a “playlist” assembled by the left-wing magazine Mother Jones. I had hoped to provoke a conversation examining the contents of a very grim chart, uncovered by the investigative journalist Justine Sharrock, who had been painstakingly assembled from a collection of “a leaked interrogation log, news reports, and the accounts of soldiers and detainees”.

    What I instigated, instead, was some kind of free-for-all where dozens of readers began nominating songs for alternative lists. I was surprised and a little bit shocked by their reaction. It wasn’t as if there nothing to mull over on the original list. As Sharrock says, “music has been used in American military prisons and on bases to induce sleep deprivation, prolong capture shock, disorient detainees during interrogations—and also drown out screams.” The contents of “playlist” revealed, to me at least, a lot the attitude and mores of the US military interrogators.

    As you might expect, the contents of the “chart” makes for ghoulish listening. Eminem’s White America sits alongside Deicide’s Fuck Your God, patriotic songs, like Don McLean’s American Pie  and Born in the USA are twisted beyond their original meanings; children’s ditties sit grimly next to heavy metal anthems. Most bizarre of all is the entry of Raspberry Beret by Prince (although one suspects that it must be a song of choice for “red cap” regiments) . All of which, I saw, fit for intelligent and in-depth comment.

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