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The recording debate (cont): the news from Southwark

12.20.10 | 3 Comments

Further to this post about the Tory hysteria setting in, when they thought someone might actually be interested enough in what was said at Full Council to record it, I note Southwark Council has taken a rather more measured approach to people’s civil liberties:

London’s Southwark Council has agreed to allow people to tape and film its meetings in response to a request by the editor of a hyperlocal community website.

James Hatts, the editor of London SE1, submitted a letter to the council suggesting that journalists and members of the public should be allowed to record events at full council meetings and broadcast them to the public.

Following the submission, the council initiated a consultation exercise called “democracy commission” and the council approved the request.

Let’s hope for the same level of common sense in West Lancashire, although it probably doesn’t need a specially convened commission to say so. 

A quick announcement from the Mayor at the next meeitng, that recording meetings is just fine, and that last week’s panic was both completely uncalled for and completely inimical to the spirit of democracy, will be just fine by me.


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