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May 10, 2013

In May 2010, shortly after taking office, David Cameron said: “In time, I want our government to be one of the most open and transparent in the world.” TechnocracyWatch believes that time for transparency and openness is now.

In a culture of transparency it is harder for corruption to take root, and harder for a unaccountable “superclass” to wield unchecked power. But the further people are from the decision making that informs their lives, the poorer the political system in which they live.

TechnocracyWatch does not believe – as Walter Lippmann did – that “the common interests very largely elude public opinion entirely, and can be managed only by a specialized class whose personal interests reach beyond the locality.” That “the public must be put in its place”, and leave the business of politics to a managerial class of “insiders” and “responsible men”.

Rather, it believes in political engagement, participatory democracy, and the sharing of information. It believes – with Thomas Jefferson (writing in 1789) – that: “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”

TechnocracyWatch is:

Charlie Skelton
Writer & Journalist

Daniel Kirby
History student at Chester University, runs a news gathering website:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
(Martin Luther King Jr)