Sunday, 26 June 2011

Whistleblower exposes a quango's cynical lie

‘Our operations are media-driven. It is not what you achieve, it is what headlines you achieve.’ Almut Gadow.

Read the full story from the source Mail on Line

However, what readers of this story may not realise is this statement is true of all quangos, watchdogs and ombudsmen (or any public authority if it comes to that) not just the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).

Here are a couple of examples which prove this is not a new phenomena.
  • The Honourable Mr Justice Lightman even coined the phrase 'evangelical agenda' when delivering a lecture in March 2001, in which he stated "the Ombudsman clearly has his own evangelical agenda...."
  • The Local Government Ombudsman corporate plan 2006 to 2009 also includes further evidence by stating: Maximise positive publicity............prompt response to negative publicity. 
Whilst we have Quangos, Watchdogs and Ombudsmen (and other public authorities) manipulating the work they do in an attempt to maximise positive publicity and minimise negative publicity, how can we be sure they are using taxpayer's money to do what is right rather than what just makes them look effective?

Government has tried to put a stop to propaganda (spin) on the rates, albeit Tower Hamlets is ignoring them, however, what have they done to ensure that other public bodies and quangos don't channel taxpayer's money into their own personal evangelical agendas? 

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