Grantham Journal letter: All decisions need to be transparent

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Many people might agree with Coun Charmaine Morgan (Labour Group Leader, SKDC) when she says that our planning process should be transparent and democratic, but why limit this to planning?

Transparency and democracy should surely be essential pre-requisites for all decisions made by local and national politicians which affect ordinary voters.

So-called ‘public consultation’ is frequently no more than a cynical, cosmetic gesture, because decisions will already have been taken by political cliques with vested interests and/or by unelected officials and quangocrats.

Transparency is not well represented by South Kesteven District Council’s electronic voting system which gives total anonymity to councillors in terms of who votes ‘for’, ‘against’ or abstains on any particular motion. “Democracy”, according to George Bernard Shaw (1903), “substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few”. Is that definition still valid today?

Brian Bruce

Bourne Road, Colsterworth