Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nick Clegg New Politics Speech

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today (19 May 2010) delivered a speech on the coalition government's plans for political reform. 
I have spent my whole political life fighting to open up politics. So let me make one thing very clear: This government is going to be unlike any other. This government is going to transform our politics so the state has far less control over you, and you have far more control over the state. This government is going to break up concentrations of power and hand power back to people, because that is how we build a society that is fair. This government is going to persuade you to put your faith in politics once again.
Today I want to talk about how we’ll get there. Three major steps, that will begin immediately:

One: we will repeal all of the intrusive and unnecessary laws that inhibit your freedom. 
Two: we will reform our politics so it is open, transparent, decent. 
Three: we will radically redistribute power away from the centre, into your communities, your homes, your hands. 
However, the speech contained no more detail on the government's commitment to extend the scope of the FOI Act.

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