UK Gov't Tells MPs They Can't See ACTA Details

from the you-only-represent-the-people dept

While there have been more and more calls for transparency on ACTA negotiations, it seems that even government officials are being stymied. Some UK Parliament Members have asked for the details and are being told they cannot see the document because mysterious, nameless "others" require it to be kept secret. Of course, if you're an industry lobbyist, it's not hard to see the document. But, if your job is to represent the people? Get in line. You'll see it once it's been signed, sealed and delivered.
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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Jan 2010 @ 5:35pm

    "This would harm our ability to protect, promote and secure an outcome in the UK's interest, and the premature release of documents that are not agreed and not fully developed may also have a negative effect on the government's reputation."

    That pretty much says it all. They don't want anyone with the ability to oppose it to see the details until it's to late to do anything about it. That and "we're not showing you because you won't like it".

    How is this in any way, shape or form acceptable?

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