Tag Archives: transparency

Governor and politicians top ‘not trusted’ list

Politicians have been named as the least trusted people on St Helena, along with journalists. But the governor has come second in a list of the most distrusted people on the island – and that fact was left out of … Continue reading

Posted in Government/Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Secrecy critics form new Executive Council

The five politicians who polled most votes in the 2013 St Helena general election have been named as the island’s new executive councillors. Each will chair one of the five main committees of the government. They are: Lawson Henry (Economic … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy, Exco, Government/Politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Open government is not islands’ top priority, says minister

Freedom of information is not a top priority for overstretched governments in the British overseas territories, MPs in London have been told. Foreign Minister Mark Simmonds also admitted that no territories had been given UK support to end the kind of … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy, Government/Politics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

UK’s top lawyer could help end St Helena secrecy

Britain’s Attorney General could be asked to help St Helena and other UK overseas territories draw up laws on freedom of information. Dr Peter Hayes, the diplomat in charge of overseas territories, raised the possibility during a committee hearing in … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy, Government/Politics | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

UK sends message on need for open government

The British government says it will be looking for transparency in the way St Helena spends millions of pounds it receives in aid funding. Its latest update on British overseas territories says: “More than ever, in the current financial climate, … Continue reading

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Human rights group pushes transparency cause

A leaflet supporting the fight against secrecy in St Helena Government is being published by the island’s human rights body. It calls for a Freedom of Information (FoI) law to be introduced, just as the topic looks set to become … Continue reading

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Secrecy leaves islands at risk of corruption, warns RSPB

A paragraph in this story has been toned down in response to a comment made privately to St Helena Online. The paragraph, about information being made available to legislative councillors, was capable of mis-interpretation.  Secretive decision-making by governments in St … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MP ‘shocked’ by tales of environmental failings

A Member of Parliament has reacted with dismay to allegations about the British government’s performance on protecting the environment of UK overseas territories. Caroline Lucas, the country’s only Green Party MP, said the government’s systems were “constitutionally not working.” She … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Psst… councillors debate transparency

Government transparency and accountability are understood to be on the agenda for a meeting of St Helena’s Legislative Council – the island’s parliament. The meeting – Monday 25 February 2013 – was not publicised in either of the island newspapers, and … Continue reading

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Constitution flaw left leaders challenging themselves

A flaw in St Helena’s constitution means senior councillors can legally be responsible for challenging their own decisions. Last year, two “respected” executive councillors stepped down from the island’s public accounts committee, set up to monitor decision-making, when the flaw was highlighted. Now changes … Continue reading

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment