Holding their Feet to the Fire

Francis Maude brings some refreshing honesty to the halls of power in the UK:

Political parties love transparency when they’re in opposition, and they love it for the first year or two in power when it’s about exposing your predecessors’ failures. After that there’s a risk of being exposed yourself.

But then that’s the point. Transparency is risky, difficult and uncomfortable for governments – it also sticks. Once you start, you can’t go back. This government has put transparency at the heart of its agenda. As the new lead chairman of the Open Government Partnership, we will promote transparency all over the world. The partnership was set up a year ago, with governments and civil society working together to empower citizens, and harness technology to strengthen governance. We were one of eight founding members. Now there are 57.

Transparency drives prosperity and exposes corruption. In Uganda, when communities were able to read in their newspapers how much government money their schools were supposed to be getting, the amount the schools actually received jumped from just a fifth of the promised amount to four fifths. Citizens must hold their governments to account.

Not just governments either, all politicians, local body, opposition and government.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.