Freedom of Information ¦ Sodom and Gomorrah ¦ Power and Accountability

‘Thought for the Day’ this morning was an excellent piece  by Martin Palmer.

MP’s have recently voted to exclude themselves from their own Freedom of Information legislation – a move that has angered many. It seems the law-makers want everyone else to be accountable save themselves.

Palmer made an interesting connection with Abraham’s bartering with God over Sodom and Gomorrah. As he whittled God down to ‘I’ll not destroy the city if there are 10 just people there’, Abraham inquires of God "Will the Judge of all the earth do right?"

Palmer saw this as an absolute benchmark: justice must be done justly, and those with power must be clearly seen to be acting justly. "If this was true of God, how much more true must it be of our human leaders."

Absolutely. This "pernicious little amendment" must be stamped out if trust and accountability are to be preserved in our legislature.