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Secret courts consultation is a cover up

The terminology used in the latest consultations on closed material procedure wrongly equates government interest with public interest, says Jeannie Mackie

10 April 2012

“Nothing is so beautiful as spring –

When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;

Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush

Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring

The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing.”

Gerard Manley Hopkins - Spring

There are words which lift the heart with their beauty; words which educate and inform; words which console and clarify; words which work honestly for truth and virtue, words which rouse body and spirit to do good and think right.

And there are sneaky weasel words which would, if they were people, smell bad and steal your purse. Gerard Manley Hopkins’ love song to spring is at the top end of that literary spectrum, and this is heading towards the other: “How can we best ensure that closed material procedures support and enhance fairness for all parties?”

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