Monday, October 27, 2008


For some reason Kent Council, really do have problems with freedom of information, as with my last posting, this time it concerns Kent TV and the Kent messenger group's, request for information concerning the feasibility study for Kent TV.

Fortunately for the taxpayer, libertarians and democrats whom seem to be in short supply in Maidstone, the Information Commissioner has ruled that the county council was wrong to withhold some information that had been asked for by the Kent messenger group.

It seems an extraordinary thing, that a county council, which apparently prides itself on being marvelous, excellent, five star or whatever the superlative happens to be, refuses to comply with some freedom of information requests.

We live in a democracy, and naturally expect a free flow of information into the public domain, this is yet another example, of Kent's failure, to communicate with the public, it's ironic that Kent TV which both Peter Gilroy, KCC chief executive and Paul Carter conservative leader have promoted as some advance in public communication, should itself be surrounded in the secrecy.

Surely I can't be the only person who expects politicians and council officers to uphold democracy?

Anyway if you'd like to read more about this click here for the story from Kent messenger group Kent online website, just on the Kent TV thing I might myself have something to add to that subject, as ever when referring to Kent TV, I find it necessary to point to my rights to freedom of expression as per article the European convention on human rights.

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