Friday, December 16, 2005

I read a good article in The Independent today. It was about the environmental health officers in Norwich who put their food safety reports online for the public to read.

I think this is a brilliant idea and it is in the public interest. Council taxpayers pay for their environmental health officers to work on the public's behalf, so in effect the public owns the content of these reports. All councils in the UK should put this information online so that the public can read the inspectors reports and judge for themselves whether to risk eating out. By naming and shaming the food premises who fare badly, standards generally should rise and the remaining cowboys should go out of business once the public knows the score.

Transparent government like this is a good thing for everyone, it is a win, win situation. Well done Norwich City Council and I hope the rest of the UK follows your excellent example.
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