05 August, 2010
Freedom of Information Acts: Over the past several posts we have been considering the ways that our governments can demonstrate transparency. An essential tool in this endeavour is the Freedom of Information Act.
Among the smaller territories of the West Indies,
Cayman Islands alone have put in place a law that enables any citizen to demand copies of almost any government document that would previously have remained secret. Every citizen is entitled to know what documents relating to him and his affairs government is collecting and filing.
There is no surer mechanism for guaranteeing transparency than a Freedom of Information Act and the various regulations that make it work. It is long overdue in
Anguilla. Here, it is nearly impossible to obtain any information on the programmes or activities of any department of Anguilla. Most government activity in Anguilla is a state secret.
It is long overdue that we bring that abortion of a system of government to an end.