It looks like Bristol City Council have discovered a whole new means of stopping ordinary people from finding out what they’re really up to by, er … simply breaking the law!
The Blogger reported last week that Heather Tomlinson’s retarded Children’s Services department has decided to avoid the risk of any embarrassing revelations being uncovered about them through Freedom of Information (FoI) requests by farcically claiming they’re not allowed to provide documents to the public.
Now it seems that planning boss, David Bishop, is at it. Having already been discovered – thanks to FoI – selling protected park land over the telephone to Merchant Venturer George Ferguson in contravention of his own council’s policy and most norms of acceptable conduct for a public official, this senior officer’s department now appears to have decided not to release documents under FoI any more.
Instead, their latest response to an FoI request about Bishop’s dubious sale of Railway Path land at Greenbank features selected and heavily censored “highlights” of documents about the dodgy deal.
This is illegal. Bristol City Council either needs to release the information in full as the law says they should or they need to clearly explain why the documents are exempt from release.
So far they have managed neither.
It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when a government organisation has to break the laws they’re supposed to be upholding and promoting to save themselves from humiliating embarrassment isn’t it?
They’re quick enough to come down on us if we break the the law aren’t they?
But it’s not just their moral authority they’re surrending here – remember this shower of bastards will dish out ASBOs to 12 year olds while happily disregarding the law to protect their six-figure salaries – they may also be storing up some considerable and costly legal problems for themselves in the future.
And guess who ends up paying?