We’ve all had great entertainment from The Daily Telegraph’s dripping tap exposé on MPs’ expenses. With oohs and ahhs we picked over the bones of discombobulated baby-kissers. Our outrage knew no bounds.
But all of it was second-hand information, spoon fed by a national institution. Just imagine how we would have felt if we had actually discovered this government fiasco ourselves.
Well now’s our chance. UK journalism students and local news reporters are being asked to take part in a network researching and investigating local government’s accounts. So why not bloggers too?
Apparently individuals can only make requests for information from local authorities in their area, which makes research at best time consuming, at worst fragmented.
If everyone with a bit of spare time spent it ferreting financial information out of their local council it would help impose the transparency most of us want from all levels of government.
Check out the story here and become a Bernstein or a Woodward.