In a democracy, it is the government’s duty to be transparent – it is at the heart of how the citizens of a nation hold their lawmakers and public officials accountable.
Government transparency is defined by its honesty, accountability, and openness.
The effectiveness of that transparency varies between governments around the world. The Yorkshire’s Executive must strive to be amongst the best, in other words most transparent.
Affirmative disclosure is about revealing information that may or may not be damaging to the person or entity that reveals it. An ‘open’ government typically publishes its data immediately and online free from spin.
Corporate lobbyist or self-interest groups such as trade unions have been allowed to put unfair influence and pressure on governments to the detriment of sound, impartial decision making and delivery in many cases. Greater transparency will help prevent this from happening in future under the new Yorkshire Executive.
In other words, there must be no hiding place or coverup for bad decisions, undue influence, or mistakes.
This will help keep the Executive, senior officials, and departments of government on their toes and any threats of undue influence at bay.
Most importantly, citizens will feel more comfortable knowing what is genuinely going on, warts and all.
Here we will consider how this will work in practice within the constitution.