Thursday, November 20, 2003
I referred on Sunday 16th November to the Assembly's House Committee, which is effectively the executive arm of the Presiding Office. We had a meeting today in which the subject of open meetings came up again. Once more I put the case that in the interests of transparency and openness most items discussed by this Committee should be dealt with in public. Once more my arguments were rejected. One of the reasons given was that the press are not mature enough to properly report on our proceedings. I wonder if that would have been said in a public meeting.