Thursday, 26 July 2012

Barnet Bloggers, One Year On: "'Easy council' scandal puts Town Hall outsourcing reforms in the spotlight"

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"... Not the least significant aspects of the story is how it came to light: through the diligence of a group of local bloggers, including Barnet Eye, Mr Mustard, Mrs Angry, Mr Reasonable, and Vickim57 [now Citizen Barnet].

"The bloggers started their investigations after one of them heard that a MetPro employee had been boasting privately about how citizen journalists in the borough were being filmed at council meetings, and their blogs monitored.

"Their collective role in uncovering the scandal, through searches at companies house, use of Freedom of Information requests, and sheer dogged persistence, was acknowledged at Thursday's council audit committee by its chair, Lord Palmer."

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