From Norm M
So, Gordon Brown is being wheeled out again, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s Groundhog Day not Burns Night! In their ‘analysis’ Nick Eardley seems to forget something:
The Tories already setup a fundamental review of the UK’s power structures, it’s called The Dunlop Review into UK Government Union capability. Commissioned in July 2019, and concluded in the autumn of 2019, but the UK Government has never published it (despite numerous briefings to the press that it’s “coming soon”).
We can’t be too surprised that Nick forgot it, as the UK Government is awful shy about it too. Over the past few months, I’ve submitted a number of Freedom of Information requests to try and find out ANYTHING about this review into the “precious union”.
- Will the UK Gov publish the review? Refused, because they’re going to publish it one day, honest!
- Will the UK Gov publish all internal correspondence relating to it? Refused, as it would just be too time consuming!
- Will the UK Gov publish only email correspondence between June-October 2020? Refused, as it would still be too time consuming!
- Will the UK Gov tell us all how much this Review cost us? Ignored!
- Will the UK Gov tell us who was consulted in the course of the review? Refused, on the spurious grounds that it would jeopardise future ministerial decisions (despite Lord Dunlop not being a government minister during the review period). This request in particular has been escalated to the Information Commissioner’s Office for investigation.
The longer this drags on, the more curious I become about its contents? If it sets out such a good case for the Union, why sit on it as there aren’t any other good cases sitting around. If it’s so weak and flimsy, why not publish it and get it over with?
But what narks me most, is the double standards of it all. If this was the Scottish Government commissioning a review into independence we would know the answers to all of the above equivalent questions.