if they were refused as such, they were refused improperly.
They weren’t refused. They were all met within the specified timeframe.
Looking back, they probably just hastened the inevitable changes.
It’s very debatable that they were made in good faith in the sense that they were not about finding out information but about tying up board processes and scoring points. We had a ministry-supported facilitator working with us at the time, and she didn’t think they were good faith.
I totally get your point that OIAs are an important tool for making governments more transparent. It just wasn’t a lot of fun to be on the receiving end of, as a parent volunteer.
Can you give a rough estimate of what proportion of the OIAs made to your school board were vexatious?
They were all made by the same person with the same motivation ..
To be fair, the context was that there were a lot of trust problems at the time between the board, the school management and the school community, as the subsequent ERO report identified. But the use of the OIAs in that way was corrosive.
It should also be acknowledged that OIAs can be used in a vexatious way as well. Our school board had experience of this.
Vexatious in the sense that the motivation was not about finding out the information - which would have been readily available had the person simply asked for it.
Yes, I agree with this concern too. The front page of the DomPost this morning was dominated by a huge story about how National seem to have it all sewn up, despite today's polls being substantially different to yesterday's. It seems self-fulfilling at some level and I wish it would stop.
Oh, if only his spelling was the worst of his faults.
I think Arthur Ransome wrote fantastic girls
Apart from poor old Susan, who got stuck with all the thankless tasks. Perhaps she was intended as a dramatic foil for the charismatic and fabulous Nancy.
One of the nicest things I received from my dear grandmother was some of the original linen bound editions of the Swallows and Amazons series, complete with the wondrous maps. My grandad was a huge fan of Arthur Ransome and corresponded with him.
Is there a stage when you move past anger to sadness?
I think quite a few are still stuck at the denial stage.
some of it was really salacious piffle
I also don’t like that Mr. Hagar apparently only received e-mails etc about one party.
They're the government. If they are exploiting the machinery of state to keep themselves in power, don't you think it's in the public interest to know this?
I simply don’t trust his motivations pulling this stuff out just before elections every 3 years
If it's important, and in this case it is, then prior to elections is exactly when the public needs to know about it.
Oh yes, and Mr Hagar is a novelist, not a journalist, when he publishes books.
And just as you can’t really judge how close stars are to each other by their apparent clustering to the naked eye, so you shouldn’t judge how close you are to a political party by how close they look on a flat projection.
That's a brilliant image, Ben. Love it.
Thanks Kyle, that's a really useful summary.