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Topic: Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?
Posted by: Cllr Sam Hearn
Date/Time: 18/11/15 12:47:00

A cut and paste from a review of Tony Blair's memoirs

"You idiot. You naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop. There is really no description of stupidity, no matter how vivid, that is adequate. I quake at the imbecility of it."

These are the words Tony Blair addresses to himself in his memoirs while reflecting on his government's introduction of the Freedom of Information Act.

He claims that FOI is not used, for the most part, by "the people", but by journalists. His view is that "For political leaders, it's like saying to someone who is hitting you over the head with a stick, 'Hey, try this instead', and handing them a mallet."

And he says there's another reason why it's dangerous: governments need to be able to discuss issues "with a reasonable level of confidentiality". In his Guardian interview today, he expands further:

"If you are trying to take a difficult decision and you're weighing up the pros and cons, you have frank conversations... And if those conversations then are put out in a published form that afterwards are liable to be highlighted in particular ways, you are going to be very cautious. That's why it's not a sensible thing."

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Lack of intelligence?16/11/15 13:37:00 Christopher Bell
   Re:Lack of intelligence?16/11/15 14:23:00 Andy Pease
      Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?16/11/15 15:30:00 Vanessa Smith
         Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?16/11/15 15:42:00 Andy Pease
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?16/11/15 16:17:00 Vanessa Smith
         Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?16/11/15 17:28:00 Susan Kelly
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?16/11/15 17:44:00 Russell Pearson
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?16/11/15 18:05:00 Andy Pease
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?16/11/15 18:09:00 Russell Pearson
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?16/11/15 18:58:00 Andy Pease
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?16/11/15 20:48:00 Claire Moran
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?16/11/15 20:55:00 Keith Iddon
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?16/11/15 21:26:00 Andy Pease
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?16/11/15 22:32:00 Loraine Pemberton
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 07:49:00 Colin Jordan
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 09:25:00 Paul Pryce
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 10:09:00 Huw Burford-Taylor
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 10:10:00 Colin Jordan
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 10:26:00 Paul Corcoran
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 11:34:00 Andy Pease
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 11:12:00 Christopher Bell
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 10:20:00 Vanessa Smith
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 11:34:00 Colin Jordan
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 12:13:00 Richard Greenhough
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 12:15:00 Paul Corcoran
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 13:53:00 Cllr Sam Hearn
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 14:12:00 Richard Greenhough
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 14:12:00 Paul Green
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 14:26:00 Robert Fish
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 14:31:00 Paul Green
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 14:32:00 Keith Iddon
                                 Jeremy Corbyn today17/11/15 14:53:00 Paul Corcoran
                                    Re:Jeremy Corbyn today17/11/15 14:59:00 Keith Iddon
                                       Re:Re:Jeremy Corbyn today17/11/15 15:20:00 Will Watson
                                          Re:Re:Re:Jeremy Corbyn today17/11/15 15:40:00 Richard Greenhough
                                       Re:Re:Jeremy Corbyn today17/11/15 15:23:00 Anita Blake
                                          Re:Re:Re:Jeremy Corbyn today17/11/15 15:26:00 Robert Fish
      Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 15:24:00 Robert Fish
         Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 15:42:00 Paul Green
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 15:52:00 Keith Iddon
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 15:56:00 Robert Fish
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 16:24:00 Will Watson
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 17:28:00 Robert Fish
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 18:29:00 David Cuss
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 22:02:00 Russell Pearson
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?17/11/15 23:39:00 David Cuss
                              Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 09:32:00 John Whitworth
                                 Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 09:56:00 Vanessa Smith
                                    Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 12:38:00 Claire Moran
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 12:47:00 Cllr Sam Hearn
                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 12:50:00 Richard Greenhough
                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 12:53:00 Claire Moran
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 13:12:00 David Cuss
   Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 13:05:00 Alex Thomas
      Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 13:15:00 Cllr Sam Hearn
         Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 13:17:00 Will Watson
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 13:44:00 Alex Thomas
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 13:48:00 Cllr Sam Hearn
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 14:02:00 Jonathan Bingham
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 15:46:00 Colin Jordan
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 15:52:00 Vanessa Smith
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 16:42:00 Claire Moran
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 18:04:00 Alex Thomas
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?18/11/15 18:28:00 Richard Greenhough
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?19/11/15 10:04:00 Vanessa Smith
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?19/11/15 10:30:00 Brian Coyle
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?19/11/15 10:42:00 Keith Iddon
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Lack of intelligence?19/11/15 13:34:00 Andy Pease

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