Chatham House rules?

A guest post:

As some of you know, I am a bit fussy about the use of language and the use and misuse of quotes.

In question time in Parliament the other day Mr Jones, member of parliament, was questioned about his statement about Fonterra. He explained that he did so because he had earlier been operating under the Chatham House Rule and, as they had broken it, he felt free to join in.

Many New Zealanders equate the Chatham House Rule with “what happens on tour stays on tour.”  In other words, the subject cannot be talked about in public.  

However, that interpretation is not correct!

Fortunately, Chatham House has a website and they define their own rule as follows: Quote:

“[…] under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.” End quote.

The subject can be discussed openly, but no attribution may be made. This ‘rule’ was invented to enable full and open discussion, and not to stop it.


Frances Denz

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