As now done, Trust events (“meetings”and “hearings”) are by and large “sanctuaries” from the Cameras, an oddity in our Camera blanketed society. The Trust aversion to lenses is not to protect the privacy of “members of the Public” attending events, which is what they would have us believe it is – it is stealing information from the public which they seek to hide. This makes the Trust banning the cameras a deliberate subversion of democracy.
In our modern times, Podcasting of local government events is normal, and the Trust’s aversion to it is a social anomaly. Considering the Trust corporate sophistry, it being “Secrecy Forever”, podcasting would induce some virtue on the Trust.
In this instance podcasting has additional dimensions of significance due to the reality of the archipelago geography of the “Trust Republic”. Podcast cam[e]raderie is the feasible connection between Islanders and with the “colonial government” we are forced to endure, therefore pursuing it is a means to moderating and democratizing the Trust. Certain is that, until it happens, the Trust will carry on inducing ignorance by withholding information, exploiting the “divide and rule” practice of the archipelago-fragmented society.
This is one of the checks and balances built into the Trust. I do not know of many citizens being aware of it. Now, when the Trust hurt people, the Trust directs them to seek relief via some other agency, such as the Ombudsperson. They would rather get an “independent’ bureaucracy to defuse the issue, than do it themselves.
This should change. Ban the now prevalent “If you do not like us screwing you, go complain to the Ombudsperson”, until the Trust AFP venue is exhausted. This means until the AFP referral and the Trust response are published on the Trust Website.
List & Link all FOI access requests arriving at the Trust portal the moment they arrive with the notation “Response Pending”. The latter to be displaced by the “Response Given” or “Response denied’ if not given within the timeframe of the FOIPPA.
Discontinue stealing the credit from submitters and undermining the impact of the submissions by faking unsolicited “Privacy Protection”. Cease that stupid “A member of the Public” denigration of citizens addressing the Trust. Especially, so after routinely intimidating potential submitters by warning them that if they address the Trust their “name and words” will be on public record.
The Trust cannot conceivably serve the cause of Truth surreptitiously. Open up to people - start now. Dump the “win a free gift iPad” survey. Open a Forum on the existing Website to receive public input on reconstructing the Website and advertise it widely through the community media. Submissions to be exposed to the populace for debate and evolution. Then Democracy will do the rest, She (in Greek Democracy is a “She”) will take us where no “monkey or donkey surveys” can ever take us. Let Democracy lead us on the road to where we deserve to be and are able to go on our own. We need a break from “Committees, Consultants and PRs.