A “legitimate public interest” according to Damian!

So this morning on Radio 4 the News at 10am which can be found here as part of the Saturday Live podcast includes a brief piece supplied carefully by Damian Hinds. Damian is the MP for East Hampshire and he is also a member of Government as he is one of the Ministers for the Home Office. According to his suggestion, the publication by Boris Johnson of his letter to the President of France was a legitimate public interest. So the real issue is given that this is the case for Damian and Boris, why is Boris not publishing a number of other documents which are clearly legitimate public interest. The issues that explain which people and companies are funding his party and his own benefits would be very significant and indeed how some of these businesses have won contracts that have not been tendered. Perhaps we can ask Hinds to publish information relating to such matters that he is currently keeping secret? Anyway here are the words that appeared in the BBC news piece this morning

The Home Office Minister Damian Hinds has insisted that the partnership between France and Britain is strong despite tensions over migrant boats arriving in the UK from across the Channel. He said “Boris Johnson published his letter to the French President Immanual Macron because there was a legitimate public interest in what the Government was doing to tackle the problem”

Along with this piece on the BBC there is also many other similar explanations such as this one in the Independent which can be found here.

A Downing Street spokesperson insisted that Mr Johnson had a “positive” relationship with Mr Macron, and said that the letter was written in “a spirit of partnership and cooperation”.

“We want to work closely with the French and international partners on what is a shared issue,” said the spokesperson. “We are close partners and friends and you see the areas that we collaborate in, namely militarily with the operation that is ongoing in Mali.”

It would seem that we need many other letters or comments to be made public by Ministers or Downing Street spokespersons between now and the next General Election.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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