Safeguarding the ‘public’ in public office
Democracy depends on voters developing discriminating judgments about policies and politicians. They can’t do that if vital information is withheld from them.
For the last few years, I’ve been keeping a file of clippings about the erosion of transparency and candor in government. I’m sorry to report that it’s getting rather full.
This is not a good thing. Public officials should feel strongly obliged to do their business in an open and upfront manner.
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