Was a bit busy over the weekend, so didn’t get around to fisking the Part-Time Mayor’s latest verbose aneurysm until now.
He, not surprisingly, hates any form of Official Information legislation:
The other aspect I’m thrilled about is that his book has exposed the misuse of the Official Information Act. I have recently been a victim of this Act with a proposal for a James Bond film in Winton.
Misuse of the Act? How so? (and by the way, it was the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act, not the Official Information Act, but then we know he’s not one for technicalities).
…some young student used the local government version of the Official Information Act to legally hack into our emails and expose all our plans in the Southland Times.
Riiiiight. The Part-Time Mayor had prattled on about movies and China in his July 5 column. So Shazza, being the assiduous little journalism student she is, rattled off a Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act request and got all the stuff she needed from the Kremlin.
So, the PTM’s emails were not “hacked”. The Act worked perfectly well, and she got a front page story from it. It happened last year as well, with our resident hippie student using LGOIMA to uncover the Kremlin’s stupidity over the A2B yacht race rort.
Yet, the PTM continued digging in his column:
Allegations have been made that SIS feeds information to bloggers who then use the Official Information Act to destroy political opponents. It’s time this act (sic) is booted into oblivion where it belongs.
These acts (sic) relating to freedom of information were brought in with the best of
intentions by the Labour Party and rigidly enforced by a Stalinist army of Ombudsmen. They
thought that if the public had the right to know, that would prevent corruption. Instead it has
been used for the worst form of corruption imaginable.
We know the Kremlin hates the public knowing anything at all, and that public excluded is standard practice for them, but who knew that the self-proclaimed tireless seeker of the truth was in fact against the public’s right to know?
Mind you, he does have form when it comes to legislation, having told the Government to “stick its anally retentive Prostitution Reform Act right up its own little back passage to Parliament” in the past.
It seems old Chief Censor Timbo has created a ready-made platform for any potential 2016 mayoral candidates to stand on. After all, transparency does make for the best news stories….