Hold onto your seats and don’t adjust your screens, I am about to say words I didn’t ever expect to say.
I agree with Eric Pickles.
Not generally of course, but recently he has decided to attack local government in a new (and seemingly random as ever) way, this time under the mantle of transparency and openness. Yes, the Pickleator has written to local government and told them that bloggers should have the same rights as the accredited press.
So that I don’t misquote him, here is the message he sent out:
Fifty years ago, Margaret Thatcher changed the law to make councils open their meetings to the press and public. This principle of openness needs to be updated for the 21st Century. More and more local news comes from bloggers or citizen journalists telling us what is happening at their local council. Many councils are internet-savvy and stream meetings online, but some don’t seem to have caught up with the times and are refusing to let bloggers or hyper-local news sites in. With local authorities in the process of setting next year’s budget this is more important than ever. (more…)