Friday, 2 June 2017

“I intend that we will be an open and accessible Government” #NicolaSturgeon 26Nov14

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 26th November 2014: on


"I am planning to arrange a ‘demonstration’ at the Martyrs monument, Edinburgh.

My idea is to recreate a gathering around the Martyrs Monument on Calton Hill which stands next to, but taller than, St Andrew’s House (the seat of power). I will prepare invites for this gathering to be held on Monday 21st August 2017.

The foundation stone of the Martyrs Monument was laid by Hume on 21 August 1844, with 3,000 people gathered for the occasion. This year, on the anniversary of this, a total solar eclipse will take place

This shared backdrop has been described by Prof Walter Hume in the Scottish Review, 21st September 2015:

“For some time I have been copied into email exchanges concerning how complaints against public bodies are dealt with. I have no personal stake in any of the specific sources of concern (which include patient care in the NHS and responses by Police Scotland, the Scottish Government and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) to requests for formal investigations). I do, however, have a long-standing interest in issues of public accountability and am familiar with the various techniques used by bureaucratic organisations to avoid responsibility when things go wrong: these include silence, delay, evasion, buck-passing and attempts to discredit complainants.”

Prof Humes went on to say:

“Those who hold high office in public bodies are very adept at defending their own interests. They may claim to support openness and transparency but those principles are not always translated into practice. Bureaucratic Scotland often falls short of the democratic ideals which are said to underpin civic life”

Ever aye

Peter, Little Sparta

Dr Peter J Gordon 

1 June 2017"

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