transparency Archive

  • Does the government obey the law?

    It must hurt when, in government, you are defeated by the opposition.  Still more so when you thought you had the votes lined up on your side, but you never can tell how events will unfold.  One government minister feeling this way must be Iain […]

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  • What has the Commission got against menthol cigarettes?

    The No Thank EU campaign against the new Tobacco Products Directive asks a pertinent question: The EU proposes to ban all menthol and slim cigarettes (the latter less than 7.5 mm in diameter). Adult consumers will no longer be able to legally purchase products they […]

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  • Any institution needs its critics

    In the furore about reported failings in the National Health Service recently, Daniel Hannan MEP remarked that: Any organisation that is treated as being beyond reproach is bound in time to become flabby, self-serving and producer-centred. It happened to the mega-charities. It happened to the […]

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  • How can national parliaments exert influence in the EU?

    Labour eurosceptic MP Gisela Stuart convened an interesting debate in Westminster Hall on 16 July about the role of national parliaments in the EU legislative system.  Her speech focused on ways in which procedures in Westminster and Whitehall could be improved, and not doubt there […]

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  • Julian Assange should face justice

    It is wrong that national borders should be used as a means of evading criminal justice.  No bank robber escaped to the Costa del Crime should think that crossing a border is protection from the consequences. Federalists supported the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), for example, […]

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  • Fox in a hole

    The story of Liam Fox (a story that at the time of writing does not yet have an ending) can be read not so much as the story of ministerial misjudgements but as of uncontrolled lobbying. For those who have had the good fortune not […]

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  • EU Transparency and Lobbying (3 November 2011)

    Keynote speaker: Diana Wallis MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament Transparency in the EU has been of increasing interest in recent years, with questions raised about the accountability of EU institutions, the influence of lobbyists, the distribution and purpose of Community funding, and the code […]

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  • Let the council have their private conversations, but don’t make law that way

    By Richard Laming Published in EUobserver, 6 July 2011 The case being fought out in the European Court of Justice over the transparency of proceedings in Council working groups shines a spotlight on what remains of the democratic deficit in Brussels. It has long been […]

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  • Transparency & privacy, diplomacy & secrecy: where lies the “Common Good”? Exploring the Wikileaks phenomenon (2 June 2011)

    The Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust invites you to a meeting to discuss the relative claims and limitations of “freedom of information” in our modern world Date :  Thursday 2 June 12.30-2.00 pm Place:  to be announced Our invited speakers will present different perspectives and a […]

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  • Too much information

    One has to admire the elegance of Tony Blair’s argument in front of the Chilcot enquiry last Friday. He was recalled to the enquiry after his previous appearance a year ago in order to answer some additional questions, of which the main one related to […]

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