The real issues are, of course, engagement and censorship.

Online petition for recording of Colchester Council meetings

With only about 30% of people locally voting in elections, it’s vital to find ways to engage more people in the democratic process – warts and all.

It’s not good enough for councillors to say they support openness, yet reserve the right to ban members of the public recording meetings. You can bet your bottom dollar the meetings that don’t get recorded are the ones that are most embarrassing for the councillors involved…

Sign the petition

SIR HUMPHREY:

“How are things at the Campaign for the Freedom of Information, by the way?”

SIR ARNOLD:

“Sorry, I can’t talk about that.”

You what?

“The petition that has been started is already years too late and it will be preaching to the converted. The world has moved on.”

Anne Turrell, Leader, Colchester Borough Council

OH YEAH?